AUP graduation ceremony at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.


The Archives in Perspective: A Presentation & Discussion

Monday, September 26, 2016 - 18:00 to 20:00

The George and Irina Schaeffer Center for the Study of Genocide, Human Rights and Conflict Prevention at the American University of Paris invites you to a panel discussion on the nature of the video archives of survivor testimony and how their experience has been archived by different organizations.

Archivists from several critical Holocaust archives (the Visual History Archives at the University of Southern California, the Fortunoff Archives at Yale University, the Hebrew University and Yad Vashem) will give a short presentation of their collections: What is the history of their collection? What influenced their beginnings? What were the methods used in selecting persons for interviews? How were the interviews constructed and carried out? What do the archives emphasize? What are the contents? How do users interact with and approach the archives?

After the presentations, a discussion will follow on Holocaust testimony in comparative perspective.


Emilie Garrigou-Kempton is the Academic Relations and Outreach officer at the Center for Advanced Genocide Research. A native of France, Emilie Garrigou-Kempton received a B.A. and a M.A. in Philosophy from Bordeaux University and a M.A. in International Development from Lyons University. She worked for several international humanitarian agencies and was an ethics advisor for the Los Angeles Unified School District before obtaining her Ph.D. in French literature and gender studies at USC. 

Sharon Kangisser Cohen is the Director of the Central Archive of the Jewish People at the National Library of Israel and the Director of the Diane and Eli Zborowski Centre for the Study of the Holocaust and its aftermath at Yad Vashem. She is, in addition, a lecturer at the Rothberg School for international students at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her most recent book, Testimony and Time: Survivors of the Holocaust Remember, was published in 2015 by Yad Vashem.

Stephen Naron, Director of the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale University Library. Stephen has worked as an archivist/librarian since 2003, when he received his MSIS from the University of Texas, Austin. He studied Judaistik at the Freie Universitaet Berlin, and History at the Zentrum fuer Antisemitismusforschung, TU. He has a BA in History from the University of Kansas.

Joanne Weiner Rudof is the archivist at the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University and has been at Fortunoff for over 28 years. She has coordinated over 20 Holocaust testimony projects in North and South America, Europe and Israel. She has written numerous articles, book chapters, and conference papers on Holocaust testimonies and been editor and producer of documentaries, including Voices from the Yugoslav Holocaust, Remembering Częstochowa, Parallel Paths, and the award-winning national PBS broadcast, Witness: Voices from the Holocaust, for which she was co-editor of the book with the same title.

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