Oral History

Oral history is an essential tool in understanding how individuals and communities truly experience forces and events throughout history. By preserving firsthand accounts that round out written historical records and memoirs, oral history adds meaning and context to historical events, and fills gaps that are not documented in the literature. There’s a unique and critical need for oral history in order to give agency to those who lived through some of the most catastrophic human experiences, and to preserve their stories for future generations.

Conducting oral history interviews and preserving testimonies can also be integral to informing processes of justice and reconciliation, and can provide useful resources for humanitarian relief and recovery efforts, as well as important research projects.

The Zoryan Institute has a wealth of experience conducting and preserving post-conflict oral history testimonies.

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