Dr. John J. Mames Oral History Department
The John J. Mames Oral History Department is an ongoing project at the Holocaust Memorial Center Library Archive and has recorded the testimonies of Holocaust survivors, liberators, veterans who served in the European Theatre of War, other witnesses and rescuers since the early 1980s. The HMC has amassed a collection of more than 700 audio and video interviews. These testimonies provide invaluable historical information that can be used by generations of historians, psychologists, and social scientists.
The scope of the oral history collection also encompasses the personal narratives of those who witnessed the escalation of the Nazis' anti-Jewish campaign in Austria, Germany, and other countries that fell under German domination. The accounts of those people who escaped, alone or with their families, before the Nazis closed all escape routes, are included as well.
This collection is available for viewing and research in the Library Archive. The oral histories are indexed by the last name of the interviewee; also listed are place of birth, identification and places of affiliation (e.g., ghettos, concentration camps). As time grows short for witnesses to the Holocaust, the HMC is eager to record additional oral histories
to help us continue this valuable project are welcome.