Oral history transcription - helping us to remember

by Knockhundred Admin

The recent Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January got us thinking about our oral history transcription service and how the act of recording speech helps us to remember the huge events in history, and also the small events in an individual’s life.

Holocaust Memorial Day is the day for everyone to remember the millions of people murdered in the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution, and in the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.

We have worked on a number of oral history transcription projects, mainly transcribing the testimonials of holocaust survivors. It was the most moving project I have ever been involved in; the only relief to be had was that you knew that this particular individual had survived their ordeal as they were able to record their story.

The transcriptions we were involved in were mainly in English, Czech, Polish, Russian, Italian, French and German. Our remit was to faithfully transcribe the video testaments in the same language as the source material. We time-coded and tagged the transcripts so that they could be searched online. It was a fascinating and important project and Knockhundred was proud to be a part of it.

Not all of our oral transcription work catalogues immense and dark events. We recently completed a Lithuanian transcription project as part of a Christmas present for one of our clients. The recordings were of our client’s grandmother - charming, insightful observations from a woman who certainly had a glint in her eye.

If you would be interested in learning more about our oral history transcription service, do please get in touch and we’d be happy to help.