Malach Centre for Visual History

Malach Centre for Visual History at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of the Charles University in Prague provides local access to the extensive digital archives of the USC Shoah Foundation - the Institute for Visual history and Education, the Refugee Voices archive of the Association of Jewish Refugees, and the testimony collection of the Museum of Romani Culture in Brno.

The Visual History Archive of USC Shoah Foundation contains over 50 000 witness testimonies covering the history of entire 20th century. Filmed interviews are fully accessible through an on-line interface in Malach CVH. Users can search for and view testimonies of interest by using more than 55 000 keywords or a database of 1.1 million names. The testimonies available in Malach Centre were recorded in 56 countries and in 32 languages. The Refugee Voices archive complements this collection with additional 150 interviews, while the testimonies of the Museum of Romani Culture in Brno provide the much needed record of genocide and persecution of the Roma (in Czech and Slovak language). For further details about the archives please see below.

About Malach CVH

Malach CVH was officially open in January 2010 as one of three European access points to the Visual History Archive of the USC Shoah Foundation. Since 2013, Malach CVH provides access to Refugee Voices archive, collected by the British Association of Jewish Refugees.

Six separate computer work-stations are ready in the Library of Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of Charles University on Malostranské náměstí 25 (Lesser Town Square, Prague 1). Any interested member of the academy as well as the general public are welcome. The user interface is easy to work with, yet sophisticated enough for conducting in-depth research. We will gladly assist you during your visit.

Considering the capacity and architecture of Malach Centre, group visits are also possible apart from the individual research (student groups, workshops etc.). If you are interested, please do not hesistate to contact us by e-mail.

You can also visit Malach CVH during various public events held here. On any occassion, the Malach CVH is freely accessible to everyone.

What is available in Malach CVH?

Malach CVH provides an access to the following archives of videotaped oral history interviews:

  • Visual History Archive
    USC Shoah Foundation - Institute for Visual History and Education
    Quantity: almost 52 000 interviews
    Conducted: 1994–2000
    Languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Hebrew and 27 other languages
    Search: indexing terms search, biographical search, places search, people search

  • Refugee Voices Archive
    Association of Jewish Refugees
    Quantity: 150 interviews
    Conducted: 2003–2007
    Language: English
    Search: detailed interview catalogue with 44 categories (birth place, education, experiences, ghettos, camps, parents' occupation etc.)

  • Interviews from the Museum of Romani Culture
    Museum of Romani Culture in Brno
    Quantity: 40 interviews
    Conducted: 1994–2007
    Jazyk: Czech, Slovak
    Search: not available yet

  • For further details click on the archive title above.

    Why is Malach CVH worth visiting?

    Oral history interviews are a valuable information resource for students and researchers in many fields and disciplines: over 40 publications and countless student papers and diploma/dissertation theses have already drawn from the Visual History Archive.

    The content of testimonies includes material that is applicable to many different scientific fields, not only history or religious studies. Just in the case of the Visual History Archive, over 140 courses at 12 universities in over 20 disciplines have drawn upon the testimonies: anthropology, psychology, Slavic studies, art history, business ethics, law, linguistics, philosophy, sociology, gender studies, French language, German culture, political science, comparative literature and many more.

    Opening hours for public:

    Monday(closed)
    Tuesday09:00-17:00
    Wednesday09:00-17:00
    Thursday13:00-18:00
    Friday09:00-16:00

    Opening hours for public during the summer (July 7 - September 12):

    Monday09:00-16:00
    Tuesday(closed)
    Wednesday09:00-16:00
    Thursday(closed)
    Friday09:00-16:00

    Because of the limited capacity, we suggest the visitors reserve a computer by e-mail or telephone.

    Coordinator: Mgr Jakub Mlynar

    E-mail: malach(at)knihovna.mff.cuni.cz

    Tel.:+420 221 914 391


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