NCRF enters into agreement with the United States Holocaust Museum to transcribe histories of Holocaust survivors

The National Court Reporters Foundation (NCRF) is very pleased to announce our agreement with the U S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (the Museum) in Washington, D. C., to have court reporters transcribe the histories of Holocaust survivors.  The Museum currently has a registry of over 200,000 records related to survivors and their families from around the world, and NCRF is honored to be able to provide assistance in transcribing them for posterity and public research.

This new initiative falls under NCRF’s Oral Histories Program, which offers reporters a way to give back while also raising awareness of the court reporting profession to the general public. Other organizations under OHP include the Library of Congress Veterans History Project, which captures the poignant oral histories of American wartime veterans; the National Equal Justice Library at Georgetown University, which contains histories of notable professionals who have provided pro bono legal services to the poor; the Center for Public Policy & Social Research at the Central Connecticut State University, an official VHP partner, with a collection of 200 oral histories; and the Illinois State Library Veterans History Project.  Currently, NCRF has submitted more than 3,300 transcriptions to these organizations.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum was dedicated in 1993, as a living memorial to the Holocaust.  The Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity.  Its far-reaching educational programs and global impact are made possible by generous donors.

The Museum has welcomed more than 36 million visitors, including 96 heads of state and more than ten million school-age children. Their website, ushmm.org, the world’s leading online authority on the Holocaust, is available in 15 languages and, in 2013, was visited by more than 12 million people representing 226 countries and territories.

Their collection includes over 14,000 stories, and the Museum is identifying those that are 90 minutes or less.  Certified court reporters will receive 0.25 PDC for each transcription, up to a maximum of 1.0 PDC in their certification cycle.  If you are interested in transcribing these moving stories or if you want more information about the Oral Histories Program, contact Irene Cahill, director of research and NCRF programs, at icahill@ncra.org.

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