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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Belated: Holocaust Archives To Enter Israel (Via Steven Spielburg?)

Steven Spielburg, a director/producer often known for creating some of the best films shown on the big screen (like Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park) has recently committed to helping thousands of video testimonies from Holocaust survivors make it into the hands of Yad Vashem.

( [T]he joint project by Yad Vashem and the global storage company EMC [...] are collaborating on bringing more than 200,000 hours of video to Israel. The images include 52,000 interviews with Holocaust survivors, prepared and stored by the Shoah Foundation Institute, a Steven Spielberg creation at the University of Southern California (USC).

The testimonies will be added to a Yad Vashem collection of about 10,000 accounts that have been filmed on video since 1989, and some 5,000 films dealing with the Holocaust produced all over the world. The collections will be made accessible to the public within the next few days.
Spielburg is once again making an impact in the middle east, and hopefully his transfer of testimonies will make it easier for Yad Vashem to preserve a living record of what happened during one of the worst tragedies to ever take place on our planet.

Note: Yad Vashem previously made a decision to digitally broadcast these testimonies, as many people (both old and young) are now receiving video from their computer rather than through their DVD player.

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