Welcome to Gathering the Voices
The aim of this project is to gather, contextualise and digitise oral testimony from men and women who sought sanctuary in Scotland to escape the racism of Nazi-dominated Europe. Initially we are focusing on 'survivors' living in the Glasgow area.
It is far from complete at present. We are gradually adding more interviews to the site, as well as photographs and other relevant information.
We have intentionally concentrated on the Scottish experiences of refugees who came here, many as children. We asked them about the challenges they faced in a new environment, especially after the traumatic times they lived through in their native lands. We also discussed their engagement in the cultural, political and economic life of the country. Naturally, all the interviewees spoke about the terrible events that brought them to Scotland in the first place.
Their testimony is remarkable and their ability to adapt and thrive in a new culture is truly inspirational. It has been a privilege to be involved in 'Gathering the Voices.'
It is impossible to include the complete interviews on the website, and for those who wish to review these please contact the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre at www.sjac.org.uk.
Use the audio player below to listen to a Radio Scotland feature about Gathering the Voices.
Supported and Funded By
- Ethel Hoffman
- Esterson Trust
- Glasgow Jewish Community Trust
- Queen’s Park Charitable Trust
- Steven and Hilary Anson
- David and Angela Shapiro
- Claire and Howard Singerman
- Netherlee and Clarkston Charitable Trust
- Ralph Slater Trust
- The Alma & Leslie Wolfson Charitable Trust