About the project
Record of Remembrance
The events that are told do not die. Saved on the Internet, they can reach us anywhere and anytime – that is why the “Record of Remembrance” was created – a digital archive that collects accounts of people who survived the Holocaust in their childhood. The website contains memories in the form of texts, scans of photographs of archival and historical documents, video recordings and live audio recordings.
The impulse to start working on the Record were questions: where to read, watch or listen to memories – these questions asked by the participants of meetings with the Children of the Holocaust, by the viewers of the exhibition “My Jewish parents, my Polish parents” wandering around Poland and Europe, and by readers of the project website: moirodzice.org.pl . In response, the only possibility was to direct the questioners to the Warsaw office of the Association of “Children of the Holocaust” in Poland, or to give them copies of the rapidly melting edition of the five-volume “Children of the Holocaust Speak”. There were always more people willing than books to be distributed.
The Association “Children of the Holocaust” in Poland, established in 1991, asked its members to preserve their memories of the Holocaust. To date, over 190 accounts have been written, either individually or with the help of relatives. Some of the „Children” were interviewed, some agreed to be recorded on video. All texts and recordings in the possession of the association were placed in the Record of Remembrance project and supplemented with a handful of family photos. But the project didn’t stop there.
The ambition of the authors of the Record of Remembrance – zapispamieci.pl website is to develop the archive by adding new memories – new texts and recordings, as well as publications found in books, magazines, on websites or on social networks. The Record of Remembrance will also contain translations of memories into foreign languages to reach the interest of recipients from outside of Poland. We also hope to create a group of registered recipients around the website – people looking for the stories of their own families, educators and teachers, local activists, history enthusiasts, etc., who will be informed about the development of the archive and will be able to download e-books posted on the website.
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