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Donation to Fund Digitizing of Holocaust Survivor Interviews

May 22, 2014
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Julie Levitt speaks about her gift.

Philanthropists Julie Meranze Levitt and Jerry D. Levitt have donated $55,000 to the Transcending Trauma Project of the Council for Relationships, the council announced in a news release on May 15.

The gift will fund the digitization of 295 interviews of Holocaust survivors and their families, which the project has been compiling since 1993.

“We very much hope that with this gift, the Transcending Trauma Project’s invaluable and irreplaceable interviews and oral histories can be preserved for generations to come,” a spokesperson for the Levitt family said in the release. 

The gift was formally announced at a May 29 event hosted by Suzanne and Norman Cohn, which also served as a tribute to Holocaust survivors Arnold and Esther Tuzman.

"This has meant a great deal to me, the reason for this digitization is very central to my being and to the importance of the project, if the tapes are gone we have nothing. While we do have transcripts to read, without the tapes we no longer hear the voices and no longer hear the impact of the interviewee on the interviewers and listeners — this project is not sexy but it is extremely important," Julie Levitt said during the event.

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