Fred Roberts Crawford Witness to the Holocaust Project Files,1978-1983
provide a significant contribution to Holocaust research. The
Project documented the liberation of concentration camps in
Europe at the end of World War II. The late Fred Roberts Crawford,
Director of Emory University's Center for Research in Social
Change, founded and directed the project.
Crawford served as an Air Force pilot in World War II and was
captured in Hungary after bailing out of his damaged plane.
He was mistaken for a Jew and almost lynched on the spot, but
a crucifix on his dogtag saved his life. While awaiting transfer
to a prisoner of war camp, he witnessed Jewish inmates being
tortured and executed.
Crawford was a prisoner of war in Stalag Luft III, a camp made
famous in the movie, The Great Escape. He visited the newly
liberated concentration camp Dachau shortly after his own release
from Stalag Luft III. The difference in conditions and treatment
for prisoners of war, protected by the Geneva Convention, compared
to the cruel treatment inflicted on the inmates of Dachau impressed
Dr. Crawford profoundly.
Witness to the Holocaust Project began in 1978 largely to refute
claims that the Holocaust never happened. The Project's focus
changed over time to include documentation and analysis of the
long-term effects of the Holocaust.
collection consists of 43 boxes (ca. 15 linear feet) of
transcripts, documentation, photographs, audiotapes, films,
and videotapes, housed in the Woodruff Library of Emory University.
This web page highlights a selection of materials from that
web site was created by the Georgia Institute of Technology
Library and Information Center, as part of the SAGE project
-Selected Archives of Georgia Tech and Emory -a three-year grant-funded
project to develop and demonstrate multimedia virtual library
technology at two Universities using significant archival collections.
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