Historic Link Established Between Massuah and Yale University [1991 Canadian Friends of Massuah Newsletter] An historic link was established recently by Massuah Center for Holocaust Education and Yale University to develop a video library of Holocaust survivor testimonies that will be shared by both institutions. "We are very proud that Yale University has acknowledged the excellence of Massuah and that this joint venture has been undertaken to permanently record these monumental events and have them available for students and researchers in Israel and the United States," stated Alex Grossman, chairman of the Canadian Friends of Massuah. "We trust that this will be but the first of more projects we will be undertaking together in the future." In Israel, the tapes will be kept in the library of Massuah's "Canada House," the new audio-visual centre built by Canadian supporters. A core component of the Massuah curriculum consists of the personal testimonies presented by volunteers who are all Holocaust survivors. Since many of these men and women are already past middle age, it was deemed vital to permaently record their histories for use in the future. A similar understanding has been reached at Yale University which, in 1982, established the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies. Funding was provided by the Charles H. Revson Foundation, Alan M. Fortunoff, Yale University and other donors in the United States. By 1989, the collection numbered over 1200 testimonies from survivors in the U.S. and Canada and educational films related to Holocaust studies. The need to record the stories of survivors now living in Israel led to this new development. Prof. Geoffrey H. Hartman, the Karl Young Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Yale and himself a survivor, serves as Faculty Advisor of the Archive. Born in Germany, Hartman was one of the several hundred children spirited into England at the outbreak of World War II. Having lost most of his family during the war, Harman subsequently emigrated to the United States where he completed his education. He has been a member of the Yale faculty since 1967 and is a poet, essayist and critical theorist. In 1987, he was one of three Yale professors appointed to Mellon Term Chairs to explore new areas of research. The Archive is housed in Yale's Sterling Memorial Library which was designed by a Yale graduate and completed in 1930. The building is gothic in style resembling a cathedral and is, indeed, considered to be "a cathedral to learning." Master copies of the video tapes of survivors residing in Israel will be prepared for both institutions for use by researchers. Abbreviated versions will be made available to schools, libraries and organizations. --- After protraced negotiations, the prestigious United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. has just agreed to become a third partner with Yale University and Massuah. With this addition, a significantly increased number of videotapes will be produced for the library and other project ideas will be more feasible. The Museum was established with the support and participation of the United States government, which donated the land on which the Museum was built.
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