Thursday, August 31, 2006

American Jewish Committee Archives

American Jewish Committee Archives. I am pleased to pass on this excellent site which I discovered the other day. It has a ton of primary source material relating to Jewish-American history. This includes audio and video clips.

This site includes forty films ranging from human relation cartoons of the 1950s to Destiny's Tot, an exploration of the psychological roots of prejudice staring Robert Duval. It also has The House I live In where Frank Sinatra convinces a group of neighborhood youngsters to stop discriminating against other children in the neighborhood. In addition, there are sixteen broadcasts from American radio relating to the site topic.

There is also an oral history collection the features audio conversations with Jewish athletes, comedians, Nobel prize winning writers, and political leaders. Interviews include: Bella Abzug, George Burns, Gerson Cohen, Abba Eban, Hank Greenberg, Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, Golda Meir, Arthur Miller, Molly Picon, Neil Simon, Isaac Bashevis Singer, and Rosalyn Yalow.

From the site:

Founded in 1906, in response to the Kishinev pogroms in Russia, the American Jewish Committee soon became a leader in combating bigotry and extremism, promoting civil rights and interreligious understanding, advocating for Jewish security worldwide, and defending the State of Israel. Because of our direct involvement, both nationally and internationally, in a host of key issues, our archives contain a rich, varied, and extensive collection of materials.

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