Glasgow puts testimony online

By Zoe Winograd, January 24, 2013

Testimonies of Scottish-based Holocaust survivors have been collated online.

Glasgow Caledonian University academic Angela Shapiro, 56, and her husband David launched the Gathering the Voices website at the suggestion of Mr Shapiro’s mother Gretl, a Shoah survivor.

“She wanted to be remembered as a productive member of society and not just a victim,” Mrs Shapiro said.
Along with Claire and Howard Singerman and Hilary and Steven Enson, the Shapiros set out with the aim of publishling 30 survivors’ stories on the site. Seven testimonies are currently available.

The university, the British Library and the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre have also stored the testimonies digitally to widen their research potential.

Mrs Shapiro said her involvement in the project had been “a very emotional experience and a privilege. The survivors came from horrendous beginnings and made lives of their own. I have found the interviews uplifting.”

With Heritage Lottery funding and support from local Jewish charity trusts, the project will expand to incorporate a travelling exhibition for schools and small communities.

Last updated: 1:12pm, January 24 2013