Administrative HistoryThe Holocaust Documentation Project was conceived by Dr. Robert Krell with the goal of recording eyewitness testimonies of the Holocaust through guided autobiographical interviews of Holocaust survivors. Interviews were conducted for educational and archival purposes. The Vancouver project operated out of the University of British Columbia from 1983 to 1993 under the auspices of the Standing Committee on the Holocaust and Canadian Jewish Congress - Pacific Region and the Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society. Ernie Forrai was project coordinator. Colin Bryant, AV technician at UBC’s Department of Psychiatry, and Brian McMahon and Chester Ptasinski from the UBC Biomedical Communications Department, provided recording and technical supervision. Other personnel included Tamara (Tammy) Genesove: Audio Visual Project Coordinator; Jean Gerber: Administrative Director; Meredith Coval: Interviewer; Sandy Hayden: Interviewer; and Dana R. Sair. Testimonies created as part of this project have a typical run time of two hours, dedicating equal parts to pre-war, Holocaust, and post-war experiences.
Some testimony recordings created as part of this project were also deposited at the Fortunoff Video Archive at Yale University. This Vancouver project followed a national Holocaust documentation project which operated from 1981 to 1983 under the Canadian Jewish Congress, also conceived by Dr. Krell.