For the first time interviews with Holocaust survivors filmed for Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation Institute are available to be viewed in Britain. The video archive, which has more than 50,000 interviews, collected over the past 18 years, is now open to academics, students and, by appointment, members of the public, at the University of London's Holocaust Research Centre at Royal Holloway, as well as in the US at the Shoah Foundation Institute in the University of Southern California.
Spielberg started the USC Shoah Foundation Institute in 1994 to gather the testimonies after his experience of making the film ‘Schindler's List’ about the true story of Oskar Schindler, a German businessman, who helped more than a thousand of his Jewish workers avoid the Nazi death camps. The opening of the archive in London was on Holocaust Memorial Day, Friday 27 January 2012.
The interviews are mainly with Jewish survivors, but also include other persecuted groups such as homosexuals and Jehovah's Witnesses, as well as liberators and war crimes participants.
TV News London was one of the British production companies commissioned by the Shoah Foundation Institute to record interviews with Holocaust survivors in a project led by our late colleague, Su Newland, during the 1990’s.
TV News London’s Managing Director, Roz Morris, says: "We are very proud to have played a part in the compilation of the Shoah Foundation Institute archive. I’m sure Su, who was a terrific broadcaster – many people will remember her tremendously popular ‘Secret London’ series on LBC Radio – would be very pleased to know that the Shoah interviews are now available in London so that these terrible events can never be forgotten."
For more information click on the link below to the Evening Standard website: http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-24030762-spielbergs-film-archive-on-the-holocaust-comes-to-a-london-college.do
30 January 2012