Gathering the Voices

Portrait of Edith Forrester• Gathering the Voices

The Gathering the Voices Association is a Scottish volunteer created archive that documents the lives of men and women who fled to Scotland to escape Nazi persecution.

Archive Description

The Gathering the Voices project is a registered charity. The members of the Association have collected and made available online oral and video testimony from men and women who sought and found sanctuary in Scotland to escape the racism of Nazi–dominated Europe. A major strand of the project was to allow the interviewees to describe key events throughout their whole lives, so they are seen as individuals not just victims. Recently, we have started to interview some of the second generation to ensure their families’ experiences are not forgotten. As well as testimony the archive shows letters, photographs and other memorabilia. Over 40,000 users have accessed the website since it commenced in 2012.

Access Information

The archive is free to use and there is also a travelling exhibition which features some of the highlights from the website. Enquiries can be made to

Digital content

All the testimonies are available electronically.

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