The National Court Reporters Foundation (NCRF) has renewed a memo of understanding with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., to have court reporters transcribe the histories of Holocaust survivors. The initiative is under NCRF’s Oral Histories Program (OHP), which offers reporters a way to give back to the community while also raising awareness of the court reporting profession to the public.
“On behalf of the National Court Reporters Foundation, we are so proud to have a renewed agreement with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to transcribe oral histories,” said Early Langley, RMR, a freelance court reporter from Danville, Calif., who chairs NCRF’s Board of Trustees.
“In order to remember this tragic time in history, we must understand the dire circumstances of these Holocaust victims. They miraculously survived and had the courage to record their experiences. Our court reporters proudly volunteer to transcribe these narratives for posterity.”
NCRF and the Museum first partnered in 2014 to enlist the help of NCRA members to transcribe histories. The Museum currently has a registry of more than 200,000 records related to survivors and their families from around the world.
Since its dedication in 1993, the Museum has welcomed more than 46 million visitors, including 100 heads of state and more than 10 million school-age children. The Museum’s website is the world’s leading online authority on the Holocaust and is available in 16 languages. Its online Holocaust Encyclopedia is available in 19 languages.
As a living memorial to the Holocaust, the Museum serves to inspire 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.
Their collection includes more than 23,000 stories, and the Museum is identifying those that are 90 minutes or less. Certified court reporters will receive 0.25 Professional Development Credit for each transcription. (Court reporting and captioning members may earn up to a maximum of 1.0 Professional Development Credit toward their overall amount during their certification cycle.)
Other organizations under NCRF’s OHP include the Library of Congress Veterans History Project, which captures the poignant oral histories of American wartime veterans, and the Center for Public Policy & Social Research at the Central Connecticut State University, an official VHP partner, with a collection of 200 oral histories. To date, NCRF has submitted more than 4,000 transcriptions to these organizations.
For more information about or to participate in NCRF’s Holocaust Survivors Oral Histories Program, or any of NCRF’s other oral histories programs, contact Foundation Manager Jill Parker Landsman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Museum’s transcript guidelines can be found here.