During its second project phase (2015-2019), EHRI had 24 partners from 17 countries, representing archives, libraries, museums and research institutions. The project also relied on a large network of associated partners.
In the second phase of the project, EHRI had new partners from Eastern and Southeastern Europe and the United States.
Overview EHRI partners, first phase (2010-2015)
EHRI Partners, second phase (2015-2019):
NIOD is a knowledge and information centre on war and large-scale violence in the 20th and 21st century. NIOD’s area of work focuses on research into the effects of wars, the Holocaust and other genocides on individuals and society.
NIOD is coordinator of EHRI and also leads the work on Dissemination and Communication, Resource identification and integration workflows, Users and Standards, and Research data infrastructures for Holocaust material.
DANS promotes sustained access to digital research data. For this, DANS encourages scientific researchers to archive and reuse data in a sustained form, for instance via the online archiving system EASY and DataverseNL. With NARCIS, DANS also provides access to thousands of scientific datasets, publications and other research information in the Netherlands. The institute furthermore provides training and consultancy and carries out research on sustained access to digital information. Driven by data, DANS ensures the further improvement of access to digital research data with its services and participation in (inter)national projects and networks. DANS is an institute of KNAW and NWO.
For EHRI, DANS manages metadata standards and the integration of metadata from the collections of the different institutions.
CEGESOMA, Centre for Historical Research and Documentation on War and Contemporary Society, is the Belgian centre of excellence for the history of 20th century conflicts. It carries out research, organises public events and holds document collections. As a federal institution it is, together with the State Archives and the Royal Library, part of the Documentation Pole. It is a platform for academic and public activities in Belgium and abroad, in particular with regard to the two World Wars.
In EHRI, CEGESOMA leads the data identification and integration work. The centre is also involved in resource identification and integration workflows , user requirements and standards, as well as in expanding and enforcing the EHRI partner network. CEGESOMA also hosts visiting fellows through the EHRI fellowship program.
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The Jewish Museum in Prague is dedicated to research and education about the history and culture of Jews in Bohemian Lands. It is one of the most visited museums in the Czech Republic and offers a range of cultural and educational programmes to the public and schools. It provides access to its collections and to the best specialised library in the country, publishes the scholarly journal Judaica Bohemiae, organises workshops and conferences. The collections of Jewish Museum in Prague include archival holdings focused specifically on materials on the persecution of Jews in Czech Lands and on Terezín, as well as materials of the Jewish communities in this territory.
Within EHRI 2, Jewish Museum in Prague will lead the work on New views on digital archives and will provide in-depth perspective on Holocaust sources by focusing on selected key thematic areas as examples. The main aim is to support and develop creative forms of presentation of digital archival content, including the capability for annotated editions of documents. Jewish Museum in Prague will also offer 20 weeks of Trans-national access to its infrastructure in the framework of Work package 8 (Trans-national access).
The Institute for Contemporary History (IfZ) studies 20th and 21st century German history in its European and international contexts. The Center for Holocaust Studies at the IfZ not only engages in Holocaust research, but also offers fellowships and training.
IfZ will head Training and Transnational Access efforts as well as contributing to overall management, the virtual observatory and content on the EHRI portal.
King’s College London is a research university located in London and a constituent college of the University of London. KCL is represented in EHRI by the Department of Digital Humanities (http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/ddh/index.aspx). The Department is an international leader in the application of technology in research in the arts and humanities, and in the social sciences. It works at the intersection between research methods and practice, digital informatics and research infrastructure development. Key research areas are the theory and practice of digital libraries, digital archives and digital asset management; knowledge organisation and digital information management, through all stages of the digital lifecycle; researcher practices in the digital domain, including citizen and community engagement; ICT methods for digital scholarship and research, and the formalisation of research methods through the use of ICT; and e-research infrastructures and environments.
KCL will lead the work to provide virtual access to the EHRI Portal, and to develop innovative methods and tools that enable digital approaches to Holocaust research. It will also offer 20 weeks of Trans-national access to its infrastructure.
Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority, was established by the Israeli Parliament in 1953. Located on the Mount of Remembrance in Jerusalem, Yad Vashem is dedicated to Holocaust remembrance, documentation, research and education. Through the International School for Holocaust Studies, the Museum Complex, the International Institute for Holocaust Research and Publications Department, the Archives with over 179 million pages of documentation, the Hall of Names, the Library, and its monuments and memorials, Yad Vashem seeks to meaningfully impart the legacy of the Shoah for generations to come. Every year, some 900,000 people visit Yad Vashem’s 45-acre campus, and millions more explore various aspects of the Holocaust through Yad Vashem's activities around the world and online. Drawing on the memories of the past, Yad Vashem aims to strengthen commitment to Jewish continuity and protect basic human values.
Yad Vashem is involved in the EHRI leadership and leads work on expanding and sustaining EHRI and on coordination with humanities research infrastructures and new methodologies. Yad Vashem is participating in 9 additional work packages.
A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity through exhibitions, education, and scholarship. The Museum works closely with many key segments of society who will affect the future of our nation: professionals from the fields of law enforcement, the judiciary, and the military, as well as youth. The Museum also strives to build and preserve for posterity the fully accessible collection of record on the Holocaust.
The Museum has made significant contributions to the EHRI Online Portal, and as an official partner of EHRI 2, we will continue to work to increase the visibility, impact, and productivity of the field of Holocaust studies.
The Bundesarchiv (Federal Archives) is responsible for permanently preserving the civilian and military records of the central government institutions in Germany since 1495 with a clear focus on documents of the 20th century and making them available for use. The Federal Archives have the largest archival pool of sources concerning the history of the period of National Socialism; key papers for the understanding of the Holocaust lie within its repositories, e.g. the Reich’s Security Main Office, the Personal staff of the Reichsführer-SS as well as various ministries or the NSDAP membership card index.
For EHRI, the Bundesarchiv will present a summer school and an online tutorial on archival sources on the Holocaust and will give access to its records to various host researchers via EHRI-scholarships. Moreover it will list all its Holocaust relevant holdings in the EHRI-portal.
The Wiener Holocaust Library is one of the world's leading and most extensive archives on the Holocaust and Nazi era. Formed in 1933, the Library's unique collection of over one million items includes published and unpublished works, press cuttings, photographs and eyewitness testimony. The Library provides a resource to oppose anti-Semitism and other forms of prejudice and intolerance.
The library exists to serve scholars, professional researchers, the media and the public as a library of record and is a living memorial to the evils of the past, ensuring that its wealth of materials is put at the service of the future. The Wiener Holocaust Library aims to engage people of all ages and backgrounds in understanding the Holocaust and its historical context through an active educational programme and by communicating the accessibility, power and contemporary relevance of its collections as a national resource for those wishing to prevent possible future genocides.
The Wiener Holocaust Library is part of the EHRI work packages 2, 12, & 14 and will be involved with disseminating EHRI news and information.
The Arolsen Archives are an international center on Nazi persecution with the world's most comprehensive archive on the victims and survivors of National Socialism. The collection has information on about 17.5 million people and belongs to the UNESCO's Memory of the World. It contains documents on the various victim groups targeted by the Nazi regime and is an important source of knowledge for society today.
The EHRI portal, as a result of EHRI 1, contains 95 archival descriptions and 5 finding aids of the Arolsen Archives collections.
In EHRI 2 the Arolsen Archives contributes to Work Package 6 on Coordination with Humanities, Research Infrastructures and New Methodologies, and will grant 30 weeks of access to scholars and/or students in order to support cooperation between disciplines and between archival and industrial communities.
Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute (PL) / Żydowski Instytut Historyczny im. Emanuela Ringelbluma (ŻIH)
The mission of the Jewish Historical Institute is to spread knowledge about the heritage of the thousand years of Jewish presence on the Polish lands. The institution realizes its aim among others through presenting its collections as temporary and permanent expositions, organizing various kinds of artistic events, academic conferences and public education meetings, as well as educational and publishing activity.
The Jewish Historical Institute will participate the work on Expanding and Keeping, Virtual Access to the EHRI Virtual Observatory, Data Identification and Integration, and New Views on Digital Archives. The institute will also offer 30 weeks of Trans-national access to its infrastructure.
The Shoah Memorial is a documentation centre (the first and foremost collection of archives on the Shoah in Europe) and museum offering a variety of activities developing a fuller understanding of the history of the Jews during the Second World War. For ten years now, the Shoah Memorial has also been focusing on the history of two other 20th-century genocides, those of the Armenians and the Tutsi in Rwanda.
For EHRI, the Shoah Memorial will work as coordinator of relevant Holocaust institutions and archives in France, Spain, Switzerland and Luxembourg, by identifying their needs in regard to the handling of Holocaust-related collections, cataloguing, conservation, integration with the EHRI infrastructure. They will organise one conference in Paris on this subject. The institute will organise a methodological seminar on Holocaust research in close cooperation with a partner of an Eastern European country, whose target audience will include researchers and young scholars. The Shoah Memorial will also offer 30 weeks of fellowship to 12 applicants coming from all over the world (historians, Holocaust researchers, archivists and museum curators). The institute will facilitate the French speaking users of the EHRI virtual online infrastructure by supporting research users in case the automated helpdesk could not provide them satisfactory results.
The Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) is a research institute for the history of the Holocaust, antisemitism and racism. The institute’s concept is based on the ideas of the late Simon Wiesenthal. Its founding charter was worked out by internationally renown Holocaust- and Genocide-Researchers as well as historians. It started its work in 2009 on the basis of a step-by-step plan. It embraces a library, the estates of Simon Wiesenthal and eventually will house the Holocaust-relevant materials of the Archive of the Jewish Community once a new office building for the institute is finished. Since 2011, it hosts eight fellows for a year to do research. They are selected by the International Academic Advisory Board of the institute. VWI also organises a wide variety of events ranging from its monthly Simon Wiesenthal Lectures, its semi-annual workshop or conference (Simon Wiesenthal Conference), its series on forgotten or ignored visual documents or movies on the Holocaust as well as interventions in the public sphere to raise awareness in regard of the Holocaust or other genocides.
The Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) is active in three central fields: documentation and research, the fellowship programme, and education.
VWI will participate in WP3 (NA2 Expanding and Keeping) assisting in expanding the group of institutions associated with EHRI. In order to be able to establish connections and working relations with communities of researchers and institutions in different parts of Europe (especially in Eastern and Southern Europe).
Ontotext provides a complete set of semantic technologies transforming how organizations identify meaning across diverse databases and massive amounts of unstructured data. Ontotext blends text mining, powerful structured queries, semantic annotation and semantic search with an RDF graph database that infers new facts and meaning at scale.
As the leading supplier of RDF graph databases, Ontotext will be one of the key technology partners for EHRI. For EHRI, Ontotext will provide advanced text analysis and semantic search, contribute to vocabularies and ontologies, the semantic data integration, tools for publishing EAD archival descriptions and interlinking them with LOD datasets to ensure that EHRI is sustainable, scalable and accessible to anyone interested in holocaust research.
The Elie Wiesel National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania is a research institute located in Bucharest. It has several departments: research and editing, education and communication, library and archive, administration and accounting.
The Wiesel Institute conducts research projects and coordinates education and communication activities. It has the most important and complete archive containing official documents on the Holocaust in Romania, as well as a specialized library containing academic literature on the subject. In our archive, researchers can find over 1 mil. documents that come from the main archival sources regarding the Holocaust in Romania like: the National Archives of Romania, the Government Archives, the Ministries Archives, the Secret Services Archives, and the Romanian Jewish Federations Archives. Researchers, both Romanian and international, are given on-site access to the library and archive; over 400 students, BA, MA, and PhD, as well as national and international researchers accessed the Library and Archive since its creation.
The Wiesel Institute develops activities in the field of education (e.g. offering training in the area of fighting anti-Semitism, xenophobia and racism, and teaching about Holocaust to high school teachers), and in the field of communication (e.g. conferences, seminars, public debates, public reactions).
The Wiesel Institute is represented in EHRI by the Department of Research. The Research Department conducts projects in a broad area of subjects related to the Holocaust in Romania, with national and international funding, and in cooperation with different institutions and organizations from Romania and abroad. The Wiesel Institute will be involved in the work for Expanding and Keeping, Training and Education, Coordination with Humanities, RI's and New Methodologies, workshops, and Identification, meta-data identification and Integration, and will offer 10 weeks of transnational access to its infrastructure in the framework of Coordinating, trans-national access.
The Hungarian Jewish Archives (HJA) is a public archive, and belongs to the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities. Its main aim is to collect and preserve documentary evidences, and make them available to the public.
The Archive was founded after the Holocaust, while collecting the abandoned Jewish community materials, and all documentation concerning the history of the Jews in Hungary. The HJA collects all documentary evidences which were created by Jewish Organizations (Communities, Central Boards, Associations, Jewish Schools, Hospitals, Elderly Homes etc.). It collects the written and visual evidences of Jewish personalities if they were employees of the Community (Rabbis, Chazans, Bookkeepers, Librarians etc.). The HJA also collects all materials concerning anti-Semitism, anti-Jewish Laws and the Holocaust, but does not collect contemporary anti-Semitic literature.
HJA will participate in EHRI's Work Package 9 on Data Identification and Integration, and Work Package 12, New Views on Digital Archives.
Inria, the French National Institute for computer science and applied mathematics, promotes “scientific excellence for technology transfer and society”.
Inria works in the EHRI consortium to ensure that collection vocabulary can be merged and shared by proposing encoding standards. Inria also uses its natural language processing tools to enrich collection annotations, making items easier to find.
The VGSJM is a state institution under the Ministry of Culture of Lithuania that collects, conserves, investigates, restores and exhibits the historical, material and spiritual heritage of Lithuanian Jews, traditional and modern Jewish objects of art, documents and objects connected with the Holocaust.
The VGSJM will contribute to EHRI with historical research into the Holocaust, its dissemination and education.
Read more about the VGSJM on this website.
Dokumentačné stredisko holokaustu (Holocaust Documentation Center) in Bratislava was established as an independent institution in November 2005. The goal of the Center is to collect archival and other documents connected to the Slovak Jewish community and the Holocaust as well as to conduct research on these topics. In addition, it educates students and teachers about the Holocaust and phenomena associated with this era, such as anti-Semitism, xenophobia, intolerance and racism.
The Holocaust Documentation Center will identify archives and repositories, as well as their holocaust-related archival collections in Slovakia and it will integrate their descriptions into the EHRI infrastructure. The DSH will also take part in the creation of the EHRI website and it´s updating.
The Polish Center for Holocaust Research was established on 2 July 2003, as a section of the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. It is the first and so far the only research institution in Poland dealing exclusively with Holocaust studies. Dedicated to the study and analysis of this tragic history, the Center’s research projects make use of unique and previously untapped archives to illuminate the lives of those who died. Until now, many of these precious documents had never been catalogued or translated. The Polish Center for Holocaust Research:
- Conducts research using a wealth of resources and collections unique to Polish archives.
- Coordinates interdisciplinary research projects.
- Offers and presents informational seminars led by top researchers.
- Publishes monographs, edited volumes, and unabridged source material.
- Supports scholarship programs and research workshops for students in order to create and inspire a new generation of Holocaust scholars and academics.
Fondazione Centro di Documentazione Ebraica Contemporanea CDEC / Foundation Jewish Contemporary Documentation Center CDEC (IT)
The Foundation Jewish Contemporary Documentation Center CDEC in Milan, is a no-profit research institution; it was founded in 1955 with the mission to preserve the memory and make known the history of the Jews victims of the Shoah in Italy. Today the CDEC Foundation is the main Italian research institute for the history of the persecution and deportation of Jews from Italy and former colonies (Libya and the Aegean Islands) and it is included in the list of the major Italian cultural institutions supported by the Italian Ministry of the Cultural Heritage.
The CDEC Foundation is involved in the WP2 (Dissemination and Communication), WP3 (Expanding and Keeping), WP6 (Coordination with Humanities RIs and New Methodologies), WP9 (Data Identification and Integration) and WP11 (Users and Standards). In the framework of WP8, it will offer 30 weeks of Trans-national Access to its infrastructure.
The Museum was founded in 1977 to collect, preserve, research and exhibit the material evidence of 2,300 years of Jewish life in Greece. As a historical and ethnographical museum its main interest is to provide a vivid picture of Jewish life and culture as it was during those centuries. The collection contains more than ten thousand artefacts (some of which are unique) pertaining to the domestic and religious life, as well as the history of the Greek Jews. The new building of the Museum houses its rich collection and visitor services in an area of 800 m2, organized in permanent exhibition areas with thematic modular exhibits, an art gallery, a periodic exhibition space, a research library, a space for educational programmes, a photo archive and laboratory and a conservation laboratory.
The Jewish Museum of Greece will be active in Work Packages 6 and 9 and especially in identifying holocaust related sources in Greece as well as integrating descriptions into the EHRI portal.
Kazerne Dossin: Memorial, Museum and Documentation Centre on Holocaust and Human Rights, Mechelen (BE)
Kazerne Dossin is a place with great historical importance: from July 1942 up to the liberation in 1944, the barrack (“kazerne”) functioned as a SS-Sammellager from which 25,800 Jews, Roma and Sinti were deported, mainly to Auschwitz-Birkenau.
After the end of the Second World War, the building again served its original purpose as a school for the administration of the armed forces. However, in 1975, this military institute moved, after which Kazerne Dossin fell into disuse. This is why the complex was divided into apartments in the 1980s. Part of the building was also used as of 1995 for the former Jewish Museum of Deportation and Resistance. This museum was founded by a number of Jewish survivors, including the late Natan Ramet, and was inaugurated by King Albert II on 7th May of that year. The museum was a success from the outset, its permanent exhibition attracting 35,000 visitors a year. But as visitor numbers grew, it needed to expand. In 2001 the Flemish Government supported the plans for a new Holocaust and Human Rights Museum and put in place the financing to renovate and develop the museum site.
The new museum complex opened at the end of November 2012 and focuses on the Holocaust (Belgian case) and transposes the themes of mass violence and human rights to current day affairs. Kazerne Dossin’s Documentation Centre’s main objective is to preserve and digitize original documents and other records relating to the Holocaust.