Holocaust Artifact Conservation Workshop

Tuesday, January 1, 2002

The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion hosted a one-day workshop entitled, Archives 101: Introduction to Archives with a Special Focus on Holocaust Collections, and sponsored by The Society of Ohio Archivists. The workshop was designed for people responsible for historic records and papers of institutions, organizations, or families and took place on Sunday, January 13, 2002 on the campus of HUC-JIR, 3101 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio.

This daylong session provided the basics of working with archival materials and introduce the necessary skills of collecting, appraising, processing, describing, and servicing archival collections. The workshop instructor was Anna Truman, Assistant Archivist, The Albert B. Sabin Collection at the Cincinnati Medical Heritage Center and former Project Archivist, The World Jewish Congress Collection at The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives. Ms. Truman used examples of Holocaust period memorabilia that have been loaned or donated to The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education for Mapping Our Tears, a new project that will map the journeys of Holocaust survivors and liberators from Nazi Europe to their new homes in the Greater Cincinnati area.

According to Gail Mermelstein, Project Director for Mapping Our Tears, and President of Combined Generations of the Holocaust of Greater Cincinnati, "many children of survivors and WWII liberators and soldiers have approached me about caring for documents and textiles from the Holocaust period. For survivor families, these few items represent the only family legacy they physically own. This wonderful workshop provided practical examples in an informal setting to help people preserve these valuable mementos."

For more information, contact Anna Truman by phone at (513) 556-1958 or by e-mail at Anna.Truman@uc.edu, or access the Society of Ohio Archivists website at: http://www.ohiojunction.net/soa/workshp.html.

The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education is an academic and community resource center that teaches graduate level courses for educational professionals and clergy; surveys and assesses Holocaust education needs in the public and private sectors; innovates curriculum development and evaluation; convenes conferences and symposia; and, cooperates with the university consortium on outreach initiatives. For more information about Mapping Our Tears or The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education, please call (513) 221-1875 ext. 355.


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu