The Memory Archives


The Memory Archives is a in-depth examination of one of the seminal events of the last one-hundred years. It is a compilation of the recollections of survivors of the Holocaust and the descendants of those survivors as told through stories written, recorded and video-taped by twenty students from the International Media Center (IMC) at HAW Hamburg and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Over a period of half a year, these twenty students formed ten international teams, which researched and contacted people in the Chicago area with ancestoral roots in Hamburg. Using digital storytelling techniques, these teams created an archive remembering Jewish lives in Nazi Germany as they rebuilt their lives in the United States, connecting the sister cities of Chicago and Hamburg.

The project has been managed by Prof. Dr. Steffen Burkhardt, director of the International Media Center (IMC). The Memory Archives are financially supported by the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and became part of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. You can access the project directly by clicking the photo below.



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