25 June 2020

The EHRI Online Portal is one of the key outcomes of the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI) project. It is an online environment that provides users with free access to rich information about Holocaust-related archives and collections across Europe and beyond. It further provides users with a range of tools to find, explore, organise and share such information.

A growing resource, the EHRI Portal currently allows users to browse over 325,000 archival descriptions from 760 institutions, gives access to an inventory of more than 2,100 archival institutions that hold Holocaust-related material in 59 countries, and has 63 country reports that provide an overview of the Second World War and Holocaust history as well as of the archival situation in the covered countries. The EHRI Online Portal also has the possibility to search for information on various camps, ghettos, corporate bodies and personalities.

Together with many Holocaust-related institutions from all over Europe, Israel and the US, the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI) project started in 2010 to tackle the wide dispersal of sources and expertise across archives, museums, memory and research organisations and libraries. EHRI overcomes such fragmentation by connecting sources, institutions and people. The EHRI Portal enables online access to information about Holocaust sources, no matter where they are located. The Conny Kristel Fellowship gives researchers access to the resources of the world's twenty leading Holocaust archives. EHRI's extensive programme of networking and training brings people together. Last but not least, EHRI promotes innovative tools that advance the digital transformation of Holocaust research.

To sustain all it has achieved, EHRI is now transforming itself from a project into a permanent organisation  that will help secure the future of trans-national Holocaust research, commemoration and education and will be fully operational by January 2025. At the same time EHRI will continue to deepen the integration of Holocaust  archives and research. Although EHRI’s impact is primarily scientific, it also advances a wider social and political agenda. The recent rise of antisemitism, xenophobia and aggressive nationalisms demonstrate that Holocaust research is never a purely academic concern, but a prerequisite for open and non-discriminatory societies across Europe and beyond.

EHRI is an ESFRI project and funded through the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme.

You can find an introduction to the EHRI Portal in this 3 minute video.

 

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