The European Holocaust Research infrastructure (EHRI) project commenced work in October 2010, in the year that the world commemorated the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Over a 54-month period the project undertook an ambitious and innovative programme to support research into the Holocaust. The project’s activities were undertaken collaboratively by a consortium of 20 partner institutions and a large network of associate partners that brought together the expertise and perspectives of three disciplines: Holocaust studies, archival science and e-Research/digital humanities.
EHRI is coordinated by NIOD and financed under Horizon2020, the research and innovation funding programme of the European Commission.
Project leader: dr. Conny Kristel
Researchers: dr. Karel Berkhoff, Petra Drenth MA, dr. Martijn Eickhoff, Daan de Leeuw MA, Annelies van Nispen, dr. Reto Speck, Rosa van Tijn, Martine van den Heuvel MA
Cooperation: KNAW-NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies (NL), KNAW-Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS) (NL), CEGESOMA Centre for Historical Research and Documentation on War and Contemporary Society (BE), Center for Holocaust Studies at the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich (DE), ITS International Tracing Service (DE), Jewish Museum in Prague (CZ), King’s College London (UK), Shoah Memorial Museum, Center for Contemporary Jewish Documentation (FR), The Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute (PL), The Wiener Library for the Study of Holocaust & Genocide (UK), VWI Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (AT), Yad Vashem The Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority (IL), United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USA), Bundesarchiv (DE), Ontotext (BG), Elie Wiesel National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania (RO), INRIA Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation (FR), Hungarian Jewish Archives (HU), Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum (VGSJM) (LT), Holocaust Documentation Center (SK), Foundation Jewish Contemporary Documentation Center CDEC (IT), Polish Center for Holocaust Research Association (PL), The Jewish Museum of Greece (GR).
EHRI’s overriding ambition is to overcome some of the hallmark challenges of Holocaust research: the wide dispersal of the archival source material documenting the Holocaust across Europe and beyond, and the concomitant fragmentation of Holocaust historiography. It seeks to alleviate this situation by initiating new levels of collaborative and trans-national research through the development of innovative methodologies, research guides and user-driven transnational access to research infrastructures and services. To facilitate this, EHRI designed and implemented the EHRI Online Portal that offers access to in-depth information about a wide variety of disparate and dispersed Holocaust archival materials and to a number of online tools
The achievements and results of the EHRI project are sustained and further enhanced through a four-year follow-up programme, starting in 2015. A new consortium of 23 partners from 17 countries has been set up that will enable EHRI to establish connections and working relations with communities of researchers and institutions in different parts of Europe, especially in Eastern and Southern Europe. EHRI focuses in particular on those Holocaust archives that are not part of larger infrastructures and/or are ‘hidden’ to most researchers.