VPR: ‘Mediafugees’: New Website Invites Refugees From All Over To Share Their Own Stories. “The plights of people forced from their homes have been reported all over the world, but one journalist in Montreal has decided to tell these stories by creating a platform for the refugees to tell the stories themselves. ‘We are really into, you know, displaying stories from all around the world because we believe the refugee issue is a global issue,’ said journalist Camille Teste, co-founder of the new website Mediafugees.”
EMTV: Website for War Memories Launched. “A new website has been launched to preserve the memories and stories of Papua New Guineans during World War II. ‘Voices from the War’ is an oral history collection of interviews with men and women from six provinces in Papua New Guinea about their own, or their relatives, experiences of the war.” Unfortunately this story does not have a link. Many thanks to Mandi O’Garretty from Deakin University for responding to my e-mail and pointing me towards https://pngvoices.deakin.edu.au/ .
WBAL: Something new to binge-watch: TV’s rich history of itself. “Diahann Carroll recalls a date with Marlon Brando that yielded a slap and career advice. Robert Adler tells how he co-invented the TV remote control. Walter Cronkite shares his dismay over learning that White House pressure trimmed a CBS report on Watergate. Their accounts are part of an extraordinary collection of 4,000-plus hours of video Q&As recorded over more than two decades by the Television Academy Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, organizer of the prime-time Emmy Awards. On Wednesday, a new website will make some 800 interviews — and more to come — available free to all comers…”
Wisconsin State Journal: More than 1,000 recorded interviews with Wisconsin veterans to be digitized, available online. “For decades veterans, wartime laborers and refugees from around Wisconsin have told their stories of bravery, hardship and grief. Many of these stories are captured on cassette tapes, film reels and DVDs at community libraries, museums and historical societies, but these records of the state’s history could be lost to time as the years take their toll on the film and plastics containing them. The Wisconsin Library System and Recollection Wisconsin, with funding from a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, plan to collect about 1,100 of those stories to digitize them, making them available to anyone with internet access and preserving them for many years.”
Freie Universität Berlin: New Online Witnesses Video Archive: “Memories of the Occupation in Greece”. “A new digital archive with memories of eyewitnesses of the occupation of Greece by National Socialist Germany from1941 to 1944 will be presented on Monday, April 23, 2018, at 3 p.m…. The archive contains 90 biographical video interviews referring to the time of the occupation from 1941 to 1944 as well as the living conditions during the years leading up to the occupation and the diverse effects of the occupation on people’s daily lives. In addition, the archive contains transcripts, photos, documents, and other accompanying material.”
My Statesman: Residents invited to share stories of discrimination to begin change. “In a project designed to use storytelling to heal the effects of racial discord, the Truth and Reconciliation Oral History Project invites Austin residents of color to share their testimonies of racial discrimination. Students and professors from seven historically black colleges and universities in Texas, including Huston-Tillotson University, will gather at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary on March 24 to interview and video record participants’ testimonies that will be cataloged in an online archive.”
PR Newswire: USC Shoah Foundation Adds Large Collection of Armenian Genocide Testimony to its Archive (PRESS RELEASE). “USC Shoah Foundation has received one of the largest collections of testimonies from survivors of the Armenian Genocide that were recorded over decades by Dr. Richard Hovannisian, a leading scholar on the World War I-era genocide. The Richard G. Hovannisian Armenian Genocide Oral History Collection will officially be announced as a part of the Visual History Archive at a ceremony on Friday. The more than 1,000 interviews will constitute the largest non-Holocaust-related collection to be integrated into the Institute’s Visual History Archive. It will also be the Archive’s first audio-only collection.” Only ten are available at the moment. The rest need to be digitized and indexed.