The Moreshet Archive is part of the The Mordechai Anielevich Memorial Holocaust Studies and Research Center located at Givat Haviva. Moreshet was established in 1961 by a group of Holocaust survivors who were also ghetto fighters and partisans during the Second World War. The goal of Moreshet’s founders was to imbue future generations with the memory of the Holocaust and an appreciation of the heroic resistance organized by Jews during the war. Moreshet places special focus on the role of youth movements in resisting Nazi rule.
The Moreshet Archive collects and preserves original documents, photographs, and different types of memorabilia from the Holocaust and WWII. It holds a vast collection of personal and collective testimonies, both written and recorded, that were assembled immediately after liberation and during the decades that followed. Many of these testimonies have not yet been published. The archive also contains a large video collection, including: documentary and feature films about the Holocaust; filmed testimonies of survivors; and film footage documenting group trips to Poland, Holocaust Memorial Day ceremonies, and conferences on Holocaust-related issues. The Archive also holds hundreds of audio cassettes of Holocaust survivors telling their stories in their own words.
The Moreshet Archive holds documents on the fighting organization of the Vilna ghetto and the Hungarian underground; unique material on the role of Jews in the Slovak National Uprising; personal diaries written during the war; and works of art created during the Holocaust and in the detention camps in Cyprus. The Archive also holds material on the refugee aid and rescue activities undertaken by Jews in a number of countries; documents from the Bericha organization; a collection of original documents from the Lodz ghetto; and a large number of personal collections from Israel and around the world that have been entrusted to the archive. The Moreshet Archive is computerized and catalogued and is currently undergoing digitization. Among other things, this process involves the scanning of thousands of rare photos from the Holocaust in order to make them accessible to the general public around the world.
Also found in the Archive is a large collection of studies on the Holocaust, including research papers, MA theses, PhD dissertations, articles, and books.
The Moreshet Archive is frequented by researchers and students from Israel and abroad who are interested in broadening their knowledge in a variety of areas related to the Holocaust. The Archive’s rich collection has served as an important source for numerous studies, including student research projects, articles, and books. Archive management maintains close contact with relevant university research institutes in Israel and around the world and continues to add new and valuable documentary material to its holdings.
The Moreshet Library, which is located adjacent to the Archive, holds important and often rare books, journals, and newspapers on the Holocaust and WWII, including reference books for the use of students and scholars undertaking research in the Archive. The library also holds a large number of community memory books, most commemorating communities that were destroyed during the Holocaust.
A substantial portion of the material stored in the Moreshet Archive was collected and donated by Holocaust survivors–survivors of the camps, partisans and Jewish fighters, and immigrants and refugees from different countries.
We are pleased to announce that the catalogue of the Moreshet Archive is now accessible on-line.
To search the Moreshet Archive, click here.
For information or queries regarding the archive and its holdings, please contact:
Address: Moreshet Archive, Givat Haviva, D.N. Menashe, 37850