Our Archive: The Library of Rescued Memories


Biography Archive

We interviewed more than 1,200 Holocaust survivors in 14 European countries. Search their biographies by country, language, etc.

Oro Aroyo at a celebration in the Ma'abarot kibbutz

Photos & Documents Archive

Over 25,000 privately held family photographs and personal documents. Use our advanced search engine to explore photos by theme, category, country and other options.


Search biographies by topic

To make our biographies even more useful as a research tool for students and scholars, we have annotated them using a tagging system of over 200 unique themes, relating to personal experiences and historical events, Jewish culture and more. 

Click on a theme that interests you and read specific excerpts from the hundreds of interviews within our archive. Combine themes to narrow down the who, what, and where, and dive more deeply into history and the lives of our interviewees. 

Browse Photos by Tags

Every photo in our database is tagged by content (what's in the photo). Click on a tag category to start browsing, then refine your search on the next page.

The Centropa Archive by Country

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