Testimonies

Oral history is the systematic collection of living people’s testimony about their own experiences. Historians and others have finally recognized that the personal memories of everyday people-- not just those of the rich and famous-- have historical importance.

Holocaust testimonials present textured and individual understanding of one person’s experience of living under Nazi rule. These interviews reveal the scope and impact of Nazism on ordinary people and the personal, social, and historical context in which these events took place.

Excerpts from interviews with camp survivors, children who survived in hiding, liberators, and individuals involved in acts of rescue and resistance are available on this site. If you are interested in accessing other interviews, our archives are available to individuals. You can contact us at JudyJ@jfcs.org.

"I've got to save these two bites of bread for tomorrow morning, because if I am able to put two bites of bread into my stomach, then I can start the day."

Helen Farkas, Holocaust survivor. Click here to access a portion of this interview.