Greek and foreign historians and researchers can have access to the visual history archive of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute following an agreement between Berlin’s Freie Universitaet, the first European university to have access to the archive, and Thessaloniki’s Aristotle University (AUTH), it was announced on Monday.
The largest audiovisual archive of its kind worldwide features 113,000 hours of history recorded in 235,000 videotapes that include 51,696 eyewitness accounts in 32 languages, presented by survivors from 56 countries.
Access to the audiovisual testimonies is exclusively available at three computer terminals at AUTH’s new library building.
Addressing a special event at AUTH, Thessaloniki Jewish Community president David Saltiel referred to the valuable cooperation with Shoah Foundation Institute, stressing that “if voices become silent, history could be repeated”.