Lund University Foundation is publishing one-of-a kind interviews with concentration camp survivors!
Ravensbrück was a women and children concentration camp with over 130,000 prisoners.
In 1945, when the camp closed, 7,000 survivors were transported by Swedish Red Cross to southern Sweden.
A polish lecturer at Lund University, Zygmunt Lakocinski, with support from Lund University and the Swedish government, dedicated over one year to interview and document their experiences.
The Ravensbrück Archives have been sealed for 50 years.
Preserve Memories of Ravensbrück Survivors.
The newly opened Ravensbrück Archives at Lund University contains:
over 500 one-of-kind, multi-page handwritten interviews in Polish with survivors
a collection of notebooks, diaries, drawings, letters, poems, recipes, photographs
camp maps, lists of camp prisoners and dates, detailed prisoner descriptions, and more.
$500 pays for translating and publishing one survivor story!
Phase 1 – Catalog, digitize all materials. Translate 500+ interviews (from Polish to English) and publish on a searchable website.
Phase 2 – Curate a traveling exhibit and share information around the world.
Goal: $350,000 by 2016
So far we are over half-way towards this goal!
We feel a strong responsibility and commitment to make this material accessible to descendants, historians and researchers all over the world – let’s preserve their stories for generations! Every donation big or small helped us launch Phase 1 in April, 2015 and will help us continue Phase 2 work.
Please make your donations through PayPal:
Click here for a printable pdf brochure about the Ravensbruck project.
For more information please email Robert Resnick at firstname.lastname@example.org
”Ravensbruck Concentration Camp was built to house primarily women and children. Anything that can be done to document the atrocities that occurred there must be done! We thank the people of Sweden for their unyielding support of Jewish and other Ravensbruck refugees after WWII.”
U.S. Congressman Henry Waxman, Congressional Liaison to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
”We must never forget the sad and unimaginable lessons of the Holocaust. Once translated, Lund University’s Ravensbrück Archive will allow us to educate generations to come.”
Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Kehillat Israel
Former President of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California
”Holocaust evidence is becoming increasingly fragile and scarce. The Ravensbrück Archive is a revelation that will help to teach history and prevent it from repeating itself.”
Holli Levitsky, Founder and Director of the Jewish Studies Program
Professor of Holocaust Studies at Loyola Marymount University
”This Ravensbrück Archive is a lost treasure. Its translation and preservation offers an opportunity to reclaim an important slice of history and worthy of exhibition at the L.A. Museum of The Holocaust.”
E. Randol Schoenberg, President, L.A. Museum of the Holocaust
Two articles by the Jewish Journal: