Shoah (Hebrew for "catastrophe") denotes the catastrophic destruction of European Jewry during World War II. Director Steven Spielberg established the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation in 1994, prompted by the research he did for Schindler’s List. The Foundation, which has recorded nearly 52,000 testimonies in 32 languages, chose Central Library as a regional site for the 115 recorded interviews with Holocaust survivors and witnesses from Indiana, Kentucky, and parts of Illinois. The testimonies are available in DVD-ROM* format for use on home computers, and can also be viewed on the Library’s public access computers. See the Help Desk on the second floor for assistance.

For this project, the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library has partnered with CYPRESS (Committee to Promote Respect in Schools). This local organization was founded in 1999 to encourage respect for diversity among all people, especially children, through the lessons of the Holocaust.

The collection was unveiled at a Dedication & Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at Central Library on September 19, 2005. Click here to view photos from the event.

For instructions on searching the database, more information about the Visual History Foundation, and more resources about the Holocaust, click on the "More Information" button to the left. To view a list of the entire collection, click on the "Survivor List" button. To search for specific criteria, click on the "Survivor Search" button.

This project is supported by the Institute of Museums and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act by the Indiana State Library.


*DVD-ROM format requires a computer with a DVD-ROM drive and Windows Media Player or other video playback software.

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