Oral History Collection

The JFCS Holocaust Center's Oral History Project has recorded and continues to preserve detailed oral histories with survivors and witnesses to the Holocaust. Interviewees include people who lived through concentration camps and forced labor, those who survived in hiding or under false papers, as well as rescuers, liberators, émigrés or refugees, and other witnesses who lived under the Nazi regime.

To date, the Tauber Holocaust Library oral history archive consists of over 2,000 audio and video testimonies with accompanying documents, transcriptions and informational materials such as photographs and letters. These interviews record for posterity a complete picture of the realities of the Holocaust as experienced by individuals living in a multitude of European countries occupied by Nazi Germany.

The JFCS video testimonies are currently being digitized by the USC Shoah Foundation and can soon be viewed at the Tauber Holocaust Library in that format. They will additionally be available through the Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive, at subscribing libraries and research institutions.


Excerpts from our compelling interviews can be found on the Testimonies page.

Using the Oral History Archive

The Tauber Holocaust Library encourages educators, scholars, students and the general public to utilize the oral history archives. The collection can be used as research material for a broad range of studies, including psychology, sociology, political science, immigrant studies, genealogical studies, European history, Jewish history and Holocaust analysis.

Accessing a testimony is easy. To schedule an appointment call 415.449.3748 or email tauberholocaustlibrary@jfcs.org. Our guidelines for use can be found here.

Thank You to Our Generous Donors

The Oral History Project is supported by Koret Foundation, Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, as well as Laszlo N. Tauber Family Foundation, Jerry Rosenstein, Leonie Darwin z’l, Lydia and Doug Shorenstein, Eda and Joe Pell, Susan Lowenberg and Joyce Newstat, Jo Ann and George Schapiro, the MZ Foundation, Barbara and Richard Rosenberg, and the many individuals who support the JFCS Holocaust Center.