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YSU receives tapes of local Holocaust survivors

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Videotaped testimonies from thirty local Holocaust survivors have found a permanent home at Youngstown State University's Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies.

The Thomases Family Endowment of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation donated the tapes to YSU researchers at a Thursday morning news conference.

Each account is from a survivor who settled in the Mahoning Valley.  The tapes, originally part of the University of Southern California's Shoah Foundation, are each around two to three hours long.

Helene Sinnreich, Director of YSU's Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies, says the tapes are a vital research tool as, "Soon there will not be any Holocaust survivors available to give first-hand accounts of their experiences.  This wonderful gift will allow those voices to live on for generations, bringing their stories to students, researchers and the community at large for years to come."

The Judaic studies center will first use the tapes to aid with a three-year long research project that has worked to gather all known information on any Holocaust survivors who lived in the Mahoning Valley.  

To date, the list of Youngstown area Holocaust survivors features 184 names.

Sinnreich says the Shoah tapes will be extremely useful in providing more knowledge about area survivors.

YSU is now the only place in Ohio to house such tapes from the Shoah Foundation.  

YSU researchers previously would have had to trek to the University of Michigan or DC's National Holocaust Memorial Museum in order to view the tapes.

Now, anyone with a YSU log-in, including students, faculty and staff, will be able to access the collection online.

General public access will also be made available through public terminals at Maag Library. 

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