The Archives: Keeping History Alive
Until now, no formal Holocaust/Genocide archives facility has existed in New Jersey to preserve the historical materials of local Holocaust and genocide survivors. On Sunday, November 14, 2010, the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education at Brookdale Community College announced the creation of an archives at their facility on Brookdale’s Lincroft campus at a brunch honoring local Holocaust survivors and the Center’s life members.
In our thirty-two years of working within our community, the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education at Brookdale Community College has received donations of archival material from 200+ individuals. We now house and are processing 600 + items including artifacts, artwork, books, correspondence, diaries, clothing, memoirs, oral histories, photographs, and personal and government documents. Holocaust survivors have donated their personal items to the Center because they want to keep their precious keepsakes in our community. Over the years of working with the Center and sharing their histories with local children, survivors have recognized the impact of their memorabilia on our youth. These survivors have entrusted the Center with the care and safekeeping of these valuables because they want them and their testimonies to continue to teach their legacy in our community long after they can do it themselves. The Center considers it an honor and a privilege to preserve these archival materials and even more so, to display and teach with them. They remain here, so our children and tomorrow’s children will be able to bear witness to their history.
The Center will:
• Preserve these historically valuable items;
• Ensure these materials are stored, handled, and displayed appropriately.
• Make them accessible to qualified researchers, scholars and historians; and
• Make them accessible to educators and their institutions of learning.
The Center began this process in 2009 with funds from a preservation grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The recommendations made in the preservation report have been instituted under the direction of Suzanne Scott, a professional archivist and historian, who has volunteered her expertise.