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Fortunoff Video Archives for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University

The Fortunoff Archive consists of over 4,400 testimonies of Holocaust survivors, witnesses and liberators. Other resources include songs, podcasts and essays by international scholars.

The Birkbeck Institute for the Study of Antisemitism is an Access Site for the Fortunoff Archive. Click the link to learn how to search the collection for materials relevant to your research. This includes step by step instructions on how to register in Aviary and access the collection.

Jewish Country Houses: Objects, Networks, People 
South Front , Waddesdon Manor. Photo Studio 8 © National Trust, Waddesdon Manor

This project focuses on country houses in the UK and continental Europe owned, renewed and sometimes built by Jews and those of Jewish origin. It is the first project of its kind to attempt to write these houses and their owners back into British, European, and Jewish history and to establish their importance as sites of European – and Jewish – memory.

The website features research news and events, books and a downloadable Resource Pack. The work is led by the University of Oxford in partnership with the heritage sector, including the National Trust.

Our Migration Story: The Making of Britain

This award-winning website presents the stories of generations of migrants who came to and shaped the British Isles over more than a thousand years. Drawing on the research of over 60 historians, the stories of migrants, including Anglo-Saxon, African, Irish, Indian, Italian, Jewish and Polish peoples, are told through a diverse range of source material and videos.

‘Our Migration Story’ has been developed by the Runnymede Trust and academics based at the universities of Cambridge and Manchester; it is intended for teachers and students studying migration to Britain. However, it is a useful resource for anyone interested in Britain’s migration history. 

The Nazi Concentration Camps

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The Nazi Concentration Camps

The first authoritative online educational resource about the camps written and curated by Professor Nikolaus Wachsmann, Professor in Modern European History at Birkbeck, University of London, and author of the prize-winning book ‘KL. A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps’.

The website features original documents, maps, films and testimonies as well as teaching resources developed by the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education.

Professor David Feldman, Director – 2

In an age of populism and nationalism it is more important than ever to understand the connections between antisemitism and other forms of racialization.

Professor David Feldman, Director

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