Holocaust Artifact Conservation
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.