Testifying to the Truth Eyewitness Accounts of the Holocaust: Half-Day Virtual Workshop for Faculty

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April 12, 2021
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Digital Humanities, European History / Studies, Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, Jewish History / Studies, Modern European History / Studies

The Wiener Holocaust Library is pleased to invite applications from teaching or research faculty for a half-day virtual workshop centred on its new digital resource, Testifying to the Truth, which features more than 1,000 eyewitness accounts of refugees and survivors of the Holocaust, newly digitised and translated into English for the first time. The resource will continue to grow as more accounts are translated and published online. We welcome applications from teaching or research university faculty at any career stage who are interested in learning more about this collection and incorporating the materials into their teaching or research in a variety of disciplines, including but not limited to Holocaust and genocide studies, history, digital humanities, sociology, oral history, anthropology and linguistics.

The workshop will feature sessions on the history of the collection and its metadata, demonstration of search strategies, the methodology used by Dr Eva Reichmann to gather the materials, as well as key themes related to oral histories/testimony, gender, age, resistance and rescue, among others. Sessions will include short presentations, demonstrations and time for discussion, and will be led by Dr Christine Schmidt (The Wiener Holocaust Library), Dr Barbara Warnock (The Wiener Holocaust Library), Leah Sidebotham (The Wiener Holocaust Library), Dr Rebecca Clifford (Swansea University), and Professor Dan Stone (Royal Holloway, University of London) and Dr Madeline White (Royal Holloway, University of London), among other speakers. There will also be a short list of recommended readings ahead of the workshop, which will primarily include examples of eyewitness accounts in the collection.

The workshop is free to attend but spaces are limited to ensure a fruitful and constructive discussion. To apply, please send the following application information to cschmidt@wienerholocaustlibrary.org by Monday 12 April. Participants will be notified of their acceptance by Friday 16 April

  • Name
  • University and department
  • E-mail address
  • In 2-3 paragraphs, please describe your research topic and interests and/or courses you teach.
  • What do you hope to learn from this workshop?
Contact Info: 

Dr Christine Schmidt

Deputy Director and Head of Research


The Wiener Holocaust Library

29 Russell Square 

London WC1B 5DP

T: 020 76367247