“Our commitment must be to remember the victims who perished, respect the survivors still with us, and reaffirm humanity's common aspiration for mutual understanding and justice.”
-- Declaration of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust
To take our survey on access to Holocaust-related archival material, please follow the links below. The survey is available in four languages:
If you are interested in promoting this survey at a conference, within your institution, or to others who may be able to contribute, you can use these flyers available in English, French, German, and Russian.
The Multi-Year Work Plan on Archival Access (MYWP-Archives) will assess the state of access to Holocaust-relevant materials as defined by the MYWP-Archives Working Definition of Holocaust-Related material as held by archives located in IHRA member countries. It will focus on the legal, physical, and material obstacles that confront scholars and researchers who utilize Holocaust-relevant documentation.
The project consists of five phases, beginning with an assessment of researchers’ experiences at archives across the world, including those in IHRA member countries.
The Multi-Year Work Plan on Archives is an appropriate and important undertaking for the IHRA because it will further discussion on archival access for scholars, researchers, governments, and the public. Moreover, it will inform our knowledge of those archives and archival collections that remain inaccessible for use by the public and by scholars, as well as promote discussion on legal restrictions that affect the use, copying, and public presentation of the material evidence of the Holocaust.
Members of the Steering Committee on Archival Access
Chair: Dr. Robert J. Williams, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Dr. Karel C. Berkhoff, NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Dr. Haim Gertner, Yad Vashem
Annemiek Gringold-Martinot, Jewish Historical Museum Amsterdam
Dr. Oula Silvennoinen, University of Helsinki
Holocaust-related materials must have their origin in the period from the end of the First World War, extending forward to the close of Displaced Person camps in the 1950s, and must pertain to the legal, political social, economic, and cultural status of groups that became subject to state policies and persecution during the core period of 1933-1945. Exceptions to these temporal parameters include materials from Holocaust war crimes trials; testimonies about the Holocaust and its deniers; Holocaust commemoration and memorialization; asset and compensation-related materials; and records that are part of larger collections yet remain relevant to Holocaust history.
Types of materials include, but are not limited to:
Materials relevant to study of the Holocaust inform a wide range of subject areas, the most important of which relate to the systematic and state-sponsored murder of approximately six million Jews and approximately a half million Roma in Europe and North Africa by the Nazi regime and its collaborators, that is, the Holocaust. In addition, such materials inform a wide range of related subject areas. Consequently, for the purposes of data collection, this project seeks to