European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI)

The European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI) is made up of 24 research institutions from 15 European countries, Israel, and the United States. The project was introduced within the framework of the EU’s Horizon 2020 research program and granted nearly 8 million euros by the European Commission to expand its structures over a period of four years (through April 2019) as a means of networking European research and archive resources on the history of the Holocaust. The EHRI partners include, in addition to the IfZ, Yad Vashem (Jerusalem), the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum – USHMM (Washington D.C.), the Bundesarchiv (German Federal Archives), Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum (Vilnius), CEGESOMA, Centre for Historical Research and Documentation on War and Contemporary Society (Brussels), King’s College (London), Data Archiving and Networked Services – DANS (The Hague), the Jewish Museum in Prague as well as NIOD, Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies (Amsterdam), which is responsible for the project’s coordination. 

The project is divided into 14 “work packages” (WP); the IfZ is represented in Management (WP1) and will be contributing with responses to user inquiries via the EHRI Portal (WP7: Virtual Access to EHRI Virtual Observatory). The IfZ is also involved in a broad-based program to compile information on Holocaust-related archival holdings (WP9: Data Identification and Integration) and will conduct a comparative project on the reports on the Holocaust made by diplomats from different countries over the next few years (WP12 : New views on digital archives). The institute also coordinates and is responsible for the EHRI Fellowships program, which is to improve transnational access to leading research and archive institutions on the Holocaust (WP5: Coordinating trans-national access, Work Package Leader: Frank Bajohr), and leads and organizes methodological seminars for young researchers in the field, chiefly at locations in East-Central and Eastern Europe (WP4: Training and Education, Work Package Leader: Anna Ullrich). The IfZ will be able to improve on its international presence and networking with its large share in the application and implementation of the EHRI project, which is of seminal importance throughout Europe. For questions on EHRI, please contact Anna Ullrich or the IfZ project coordinator Giles Bennett. More information about EHRI can be found at www.ehri-project.eu.



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