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Appeal for Previously Unpublished or Unavailable Memoirs by Survivors of the Shoah

The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) is establishing a worldwide electronic collection of previously unpublished or unavailable memoirs written by Jewish survivors of the Shoah. It is crucial that such memoirs be preserved for future generations who will not be able to meet survivors first-hand.

Elie Wiesel is the Honorary Chairman of this program. Joining in this effort are Yad Vashem, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Mémorial de la Shoah/Centre de Documentation Juive Contemporaine, the Jewish Historical Institute and the Holocaust Survivors' Memoirs Project.

In addition to the partnership institutions already named, this appeal is being made in association with Holocaust organizations in many countries.

We appeal to authors, their families, and rights-holders to submit manuscripts. With survivor experiences so vast and varied, it is crucial that as many stories as possible be recorded for history. Each story of survival is unique, and each one deserves to be told and preserved.

At this time, the main concern is that all previously unpublished or unavailable memoirs be identified and preserved. Documents in this electronic collection will be made available to appropriate organizations and individuals engaging in the critical work of research and documentation of the Shoah.

Ways in which memoirs may be made publicly accessible, after appropriate review, are under discussion.

Inclusion of manuscripts in the collection will be determined by historians and other experts reviewing all submissions.

Authors or rights-holders submitting manuscripts to the worldwide electronic collection will be able to access their manuscript and will be entitled to withdraw it at any time and/or to publish it wherever and however they wish.

Authors or rights-holders should submit their manuscripts in electronic form (Microsoft Word) in any language together with a signed author release and summary information concerning the manuscript. If no electronic version can be created, then a typed version can be submitted. Unfortunately handwritten manuscripts cannot be included. Instructions on how to submit a manuscript