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Holocaust Memories (USA)

For 40 years, interviewers have been collecting the stories of Holocaust survivors, liberators and witnesses who found their way to St. Louis after World War II. Now, for the first time, the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center has gathered 144 of these oral histories into a searchable website, securing their stories for all time. The Oral Histories Project can be found at HMLC.org/Oral-Histories. For full story click here.

Japanese Americans in WWII

U.S. occupation forces landing in Japan at the end of World War II immediately needed staff who could communicate with the defeated Japanese. Japanese American soldiers formed the core of the translation and interpretation service, putting them in the often awkward position of being conquerors who shared a heritage with the enemy. One of the most common questions they were asked by the Japanese was: “What is democracy?” Read full story here.

Oral history competition for schoolchildren

“Eastern Shore Public Library will host the 2019 Frances Bibbins Latimer Oral History Contest.  All Eastern Shore of Virginia middle and high school students are invited to video or audio record an interview with someone fifty years of age or older.  The fifteen to twenty minute interviews will cover the life of the person during their younger years. ”  This is a great example of having teenagers engaging with older people and recording their stories.  See full story here.

Oral histories in theatre

Luis Carlos Sotelo Castro, associate professor in Concordia’s Department of Theatre, transforms lives by turning the act of listening into a performance.  Now, the Canada Research Chair in Oral History Performance is getting set to launch his new Acts of Listening Lab at the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling.  An innovative approach, see full story  here.

Retirement Village Oral Histories

“Condensing more than 100 years of history into 23 minutes is no easy task. But that’s what Phil Audibert is doing as he works with Dogwood Village to capture the life stories of some of its residents for “Memories: An Oral History Project.” For full story (with video trailer at bottom of article) click here.