CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Some 52,000 interviews with Holocaust survivors, housed at the Shoah Foundation Institute, founded by filmmaker Steven Spielberg at the University of Southern California, have been shipped to Israel.
Bringing the 200 hours of video, archived on analogue recordings at USC, was a joint undertaking of Jerusalem's Yad VaShem Holocaust Museum and EMC, a global storage company.
From beginning to end, it was a costly and complex undertaking.
"After receiving a donation from Sheldon Adelson and EMC, we decided to fly the material to Israel in a consolidated storage system, although transferring so much material is rather unusual," said Yad VaShem CIO Michael Lieber.
The one-ton plus shipment was "no trivial logistical campaign," one EMC staffer said.
The Holocaust testimonies will join Yad Vashem's 10,000 existing interviews, videotaped since 1989, along with another 5,000 Holocaust films produced worldwide.
Lieber said the goal is to get the material on the Internet.
"Initially we will use YouTube so we can at least post sections of the interviews," Lieber said.
While Yad Vashem would like to make the entire archive available on line, it's a monumental task from financial, technological and legal standpoints.