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Monitoring Access to Holocaust Collections
Working towards full and open access
Following up on the groundwork laid out by the Archival Access Project, the Monitoring Access to Holocaust Collections Project is helping the IHRA map the legal and practical status of access to Holocaust collections, monitor access difficulties, bring to the attention of decision-makers in various countries the possibilities for enabling access to Holocaust documentation, and stimulate media and educational awareness of the need for open access. 
The project will share guidelines addressing challenges and recommendations for archival access for use by archivists and policymakers. Ensuring access to and the legal status of Holocaust archival collections requires increased exchange and cooperation among archivists and relevant networks. The project therefore also aims to create a forum bringing together Holocaust collections leaders for annual meetings. 
The project’s team includes Haim Gertner (AWG/Israel), Veerle Vanden Daelen (AWG/Belgium), David Matas (Canada), Micaela Procaccia (MMWG/Italy), FlorianeAzoulay (Arolsen Archives), Wesley Fisher (Claims Conference), Robert Williams (MMWG/USA), Avril Alba (AWG/Australia), Margarida Lages (Portugal), and NevenaBajalica (MMWG/Serbia). 
 
The ITS Bad Arolsen Central Name Index contains 50 millions items relating to the fates of 17.5 million victims of Nazi persecution. Credit: Andreas Greiner-Napp.
Access to Holocaust-related archives is key for Holocaust education, remembrance and research.
Project Chair Gertner explains why open access is important and what stands in the way.
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The importance of networks for archival research
Deputy Project Coordinator Dr. Veerle Vanden Daelen discusses the critical role that networks of archival institutions play in advancing open access to Holocaust-related materials.
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Recent Activities
The Project presented its draft guidelines to help better identify Holocaust-related materials at the Athens Plenary and an EUDiA meeting.
 
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The Project presented their latest findings at the Leipzig Plenary.
 
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Learn more about the IHRA’s work to advance Holocaust research.
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