Youngstown State gets Holocaust survivor video testimonies

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Dozens of videotaped testimonies from Holocaust survivors who lived in northeastern Ohio have been donated to Youngstown State University where they’ll be publicly accessible through the library.

The university announced the gift on Thursday from the Thomases Family Endowment of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation.

The testimonies from Mahoning Valley Holocaust survivors will go to the university’s Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies.

The Judaic studies center says the tapes will allow the stories of Holocaust survivors to be heard for generations. It plans to use them for a research project to gather information on survivors who lived in the region.

The tapes are two to three hours long.

The university becomes the only place in the state and one of only several U.S. universities with such videos.