In 2010–2011, the Genocide and Resistance Research Centre of Lithuania implemented the project "Exchange and Promotion of Best-Practice of Recording, Preservation and Interpretation of the Oral Histories of Victims of Nazism and Stalinism in Europe" (ORAHIS), an international project financed under Action 4 "Active European Remembrance" of the programme "Europe for Citizens".
The project was implemented from 1 November 2010 to 31 October 2011.
Personal testimonials and memories are among the main sources for learning about the repressive policies implemented by the totalitarian regimes of the 20th century’s – Nazism and Stalinism. The number of survivors continues to decrease. It is therefore very important to document and preserve their evidence and at the same time pay tribute to the victims by remembering them and reflecting on the past, present and future of Europe and the entire world. The project was aimed at exchanging good practices of recording and preservation of oral histories and encouraging cooperation of organisations in Lithuania and Europe.
The main objective of the project was to disseminate the experience of collection and recording of oral sources with a view to guaranteeing long-term preservation of oral histories.
In the framework of the project representatives of six EU countries were invited to a seminar to discuss further cooperation opportunities. "Recommendations for Exchanging and Promoting Best-Practice of Recording, Preservation and Interpretation of Oral Histories of Victims of Nazism and Stalinism in Europe" and "Recommendations for Recording, Preserving and Using Oral Histories for the Genocide and Resistance Research Centre of Lithuania" were developed based on seminar speeches and analysis of internet resources.
The project was organised by the Genocide and Resistance Research Centre of Lithuania.