Following the success of Forgotten Voices of the Great War, Lyn Smith visits the oral accounts preserved in the Imperial War Museum Sound Archive, to reveal the sheer complexity and horror of one of human history's darkest hours. The great majority of Holocaust survivors suffered considerable physical and psychological wounds, yet even in this dark time of human history, tales of faith, love and courage can be found. As well as revealing the story of the Holocaust as directly experienced by victims, these testimonies also illustrate how, even enduring the most harsh conditions, degrading treatment and suffering massive family losses, hope, the will to survive, and the human spirit still shine through.
Lyn Smith BA (Hons) MA is a lecturer in International Politics at the Open University, and lectures in Politics, International Relations and Human Rights at the Webster University (USA) in London. Over the past twenty years she has worked continuously as a freelance interviewer for the IWM Holocaust Sound Archive, particularly after being specially commissioned for the new IWM Holocaust Exhibition when it was in the late 1990s.