We would like to thank all those who have contributed over the years to the development, enrichment and awareness of our archival collection and library stock. We are especially grateful to the leaders of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington (USHMM), primarily to Paul Shapiro, former head of the USHMM Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies (CAHS) and current director for international relations of the museum, to Radu Ioanid, former director of the CAHS’s archival programs, and to Vadim Altskan, his successor, who, as enthusiastic supporters of our digital and microfilm archives and library, have been instrumental in creating and developing our collections.
We are also grateful to the leaders of the Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj, Rector Daniel David and Călin Emilian Hințea, Dean of the Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences and the Faculty Council, who have continuously supported the establishment and development of our institute.
We pay tribute to the memory of Distinguished Professor Emeritus Randolph L. Braham, late director of the Rosenthal Holocaust Research Institute at City University New York, a world-renowned scholar of the Hungarian Holocaust, one of the most ardent supporters of our institute's establishment and development and a respected member of our scientific council.
At the same time, we would like to thank the institutions and individuals who have supplemented and developed our institute's collections with their book, photo, film and document donations, and who in many cases have enriched our holdings with rare original documents and publications that are now very difficult to find.
These include the US and Armenian embassies and ambassadors in Bucharest, the Elie Wiesel Institute for Holocaust Studies in Romania, the Azrieli Foundation in Canada, the Holocaust Documentation and Memorial Center in Budapest, the Carl Lutz Foundation and the National Széchényi Library from Budapest, and also the Múlt és Jövő Publishing House from the Hungarian capital.
We would like to thank the individuals who helped us and donated many items to our collections: Dénes Baracs (Budapest), dr. Lya Benjamin (Bucharest), Imre Berczeller (New York), dr. Péter Cseke (Cluj-Napoca), Gábor Farkas (Portland), Tatjana Fischer (Aachen), dr. György Gaal (Cluj-Napoca), Éva Gáll (Cluj-Napoca), Andrea Julika Ghiță Székely (Cluj-Napoca), David Gur (Jerusalem), dr. Ossi Horowitz (Cluj-Napoca), dr. András Izsák and dr. György Izsák (Haifa), Marianne Kiss (Budapest), dr. Dániel Lőwy, Gabriella Mauthner (New York), dr. Judit Mureșan Kertész (Cluj-Napoca), Júlia Németh (Cluj-Napoca), László Nussbaum (Cluj-Napoca), Attila Puskás (Sfântu Gheorghe), dr. Michael Shafir (Cluj-Napoca), dr. Vasile Filip Soporan (Cluj-Napoca), and Miklós Szedő (Budapest).
Thanks and gratitude also to our friends and colleagues who selflessly helped organize, inventory and create, translate and upload the content of our institute's website: Paul Anka, Andreea Daniela Dodoși, Melania Leșe, dr. Mihai Lisei, dr. Cosmin Marian, Enikő-Orsolya Nagyi, Csaba Pete (Dexign SRL), and Margit Tibori Szabó.
According to the mission statement of our institute, our task is to identify, collect, catalog, research, digitize, publish, and use in educational and research work all the materials and documents related to the Holocaust and other genocides that we have been entrusted with preserving.
In many flats, attics and cellars, there are documents hidden in crates and boxes or left among family documents, which we are happy to take over, arrange and preserve, either in their original form or in copy.
We count on individuals who are in possession of such documents, photographs, or objects and who consider it important to institutionally preserve the suffering and memory of their predecessors.
These include the Northern Transylvanian, Hungarian, Romanian and Ukrainian documents and photographs of racial, ethnic and political persecution before, during and after World War II, anti-Semitic laws and regulations, as well as documents related to labor service, ghettoization, deportation, forced labor memories, but at the same time to liberation, return, forgery of documents and rescue activities. We would be happy to receive and preserve documents, letters, diaries, notes, permits, ID cards, certificates, photos, movies, and other memorabilia. At the same time, we are collecting evidence and documents of the persecution of the Roma during World War II.
We also welcome documents, letters and other types of documents related to and documenting the Armenian genocide and the genocide in the former Yugoslavia.