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The database was made on the basis of 20 volumes of proceedings of the Central Committee; we checked book by book and case by case to prepare a product that would facilitate investigating the history of the Jewish Community of Mexico.  

It holds 8421 registries that have all the information contained in the proceedings of the Mexican Jewish Central Committee between 1938 and 1992. The registries were made by case, which allowed us to obtain all the information contained in the 20 books of proceedings. It was done in Micro CD-Isis, so as to make good use of the Database: to allow us to use a large amount of characters per registry and 2) to perform adequate reports so as to index the information effectively. Besides annotating the names of people, we made descriptors, so the searches can be made by subject or by word. The base includes the following fields: book, number of proceeding, date, folio, matter, assistants and descriptors. The base has the virtue of allowing us to make speedy searches about any existing subject in the proceedings of the Central Committee. That is why the search is made digitally.

VI.  ORAL HISTORY ARCHIVE

NAME OF FONDS OR COLLECTION

FIRST AND LAST DATES

NUMBER OF UNITS

1. Immigrants

1905-1982

157 interviews

2. Holocaust

1939-1945

20 interviews

3. Community leaders

1940-2006

28 interviews

4. Venta Prieta

1980-1990

5 interviews

5. Education

1928-1950

10 interviews

Oral documentation dates from the dawn of historic science; Herodotus and Thucydides used it in their time.  

Oral documentation did not arrive at its culmination in the technical stage by adopting the electronic recorder and magnetic tape but through this technology verbal testimony has been amply recorded.

A great part of the historic development of the Jewish people in modern life has been made by individuals: some of them had leadership thrust upon them and they were conscious of the role they were playing and others did it without imagining that their particular activities were in any way transcendental. Emigration is one of the most remarkable examples of this historic activity.

The Center has 220 interviews of oral history performed to important members of the Jewish Community in Mexico: immigrants, intellectuals, activists and Holocaust survivors. This material is being digitalized to allow more efficient access for researchers. However, transcriptions of the interviews may be consulted.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Altshuler, Mordechai, Soviet Jewry on the Eve of the Holocaust: A Social and Demographic Profile, Jerusalem, Center for Research of East European Jewry, 1998.

Anhalt Diana,  A Gathering of Fugitives. American Political Expatriates in Mexico, 1948-1965, Canada, Archer Books, 2001.

Apenszlak, Jacob, ed. The Black Book of Polish Jewry: An account of the Martyrdom of Polish Jewry Under the Nazi Occupation, New York, American Federation of Polish Jewry, 1943.

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