Eyewitness accounts of the Holocaust period collection (RG-104)

Language of Description
Alt. Identifiers
  • 2010.377
  • RG-67.026M
1 Jan 1939 - 31 Dec 1990
Level of Description
  • Yiddish
  • Polish
  • English
  • German
  • Russian
  • French
  • Hungarian
  • Hebrew
EHRI Partner

Extent and Medium

27,269 digital images, JPEG

19 microfilm reels (digitized), 35 mm


Archival History

Yivo Institute for Jewish Research


Selected records form the YIVO collection, RG 104, Series I and III: Eyewitness Accounts of the Holocaust Period. Collection, 1939-1945. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives received the filmed collection via the United States Holocaust Museum International Archives Project in Dec. 2010.

Scope and Content

Contains the Holocaust survivors testimonials and eyewitness accounts relating to ghettos, labor and internment camps, Jews on the Aryan side and in hiding, Jewish partisans and underground fighters from many places in Europe under Nazi occupation between 1939 and 1945. The collection contains testimonies of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research collection, RG-104, series I and III. Series I includes approximately 1,900 separate testimonies from the Displaced Person camps in Germany, Austria, Italy, Poland and other countries collected by the Jewish Historical Commission in Poland after the war, the World Jewish Congress, the Hungarian Section, by YIVO in displaced persons camps, by other Jewish organizations involved in similar projects, and as part of the YIVO-Yad Vashem Documentary Projects. Series III includes primarily testimonies received from individual survivors and/or their families from the 1940's to the 1990s with more than 521 individual testimonies. Contains 17 testimonies by survivors from Hungary, 153 questionnaires filled out by hand in the 1940s by survivors from Lithuania and produced by the Central Committee of Lithuanian Jews in Italy: those who survived the camps, the destruction of towns in Lithuania, survivors hidden by non-Jews, partisans and orphans. Includes also partisan’s lists arranged alphabetically by name of town or city and occasionally, when the name of the city was not indicated, by name of country.

System of Arrangement

Organized in the following order: Reels 1-9, Series III. This series is arranged in two subseries: Subseries I: Geographical, and Subseries 2:Partisans. Subseries I: Geographical is arranged alphabetically by name of town or city and occasionally, when the name of the city was not indicated, by name of country. Subseries 2: Partisans is arranged in order of accession. Series III includes more than 521 separate testimonies received from the 1940s to the present. Reels 10-19, Series I. This series is arranged in the YIVO in the order in which the eyewitness accounts were accessioned in the 1950s. Each testimony retains the testimony number assigned to it in the original card catalog created in the 1950s. Series I contains about ca. 1900 separate testimonies

Conditions Governing Reproduction

Copyright Holder: Yivo Institute for Jewish Research

Corporate Bodies



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