The Memory Archives

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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 Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and the International Media Center (IMC) at HAW Hamburg. 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.

We thank all people who share their memories with us. We dedicate The Memory Archives in honor to their families.