KNAW – NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies

KNAW – NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies
by Stefano Sbarbati


NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies

European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI)

NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies is a knowledge and information centre on war and large-scale violence in the 20th and 21st century.

NIOD’s area of work focuses on research into the effects of wars, the Holocaust and other genocides on individuals and society.


  • collects, manages, opens up and makes accessible archives and collections about the Second World War.
  • conducts academic research and publishes about it.
  • gives information to government bodies and individuals.
  • stimulates and organises debates and activities about war violence and processes that are at the basis of war violence.

NIOD is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands,

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EHRI aims to support the Holocaust research community by providing (online) access to dispersed sources relating to the Holocaust and by encouraging collaborative research through the development of a Virtual Research Environment (VRE). From October 2010 until March 2015 a consortium of 20 partner institutions and a large network of associate partners have been cooperating by bringing together the expertise and perspectives of three disciplines: Holocaust studies, archival science and e-Research/digital humanities.

EHRI was financed under the EU 7th Framework Programme and is coordinated by NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam. EHRI continues in the second phase of the project, starting in May 2015 and working with EU funding from Horizon 2020. The new consortium has 22 partners.

EHRI’s overriding ambition is to overcome some of the hallmark challenges of Holocaust research – the distributed and dispersed nature of the research materials.

EHRI achievements include:

  • Development of a new community dedicated to integrating Holocaust material from many dispersed archives.
  • New interdisciplinary research bringing together Holocaust historians with archivists and digital humanities specialists.
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    • Access to archival material from over 1,800 institutions in 50 countries
    • Publication of 47 national reports on the state of Holocaust research
    • Creation of 3,000 new archival descriptions of Holocaust-relevant material
    • Overall integration of over 150,000 archival descriptions from over 450 Holocaust archival institutions
    • Creation of new standards, ontologies and thesauri to integrate Holocaust material and harmonise activities across the relevant archives.
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  • Fellowships and summer schools on Holocaust Studies
  • Online Course in Holocaust Studies
  • Dedicated research guides for thematic integration of Holocaust material providing access to Holocaust research also for non-expert users
  • Unprecedented survey of the needs of Holocaust researchers from over 270 respondents.
  • Systematic mappings of the state of Holocaust archives and development of connectors to integrate their material into the EHRI portal
  • Novel graph-based approach to integrating heterogeneous Holocaust material
  • Interactive transnational Virtual Research Environment with currently over 500 registered users.


KNAW-NIOD / EHRI is Work Package Leader for Work Package 8 Communication, dissemination and outreach, and involved in Work Package 2 Community involvement and requirements, where it leads the task on Definition of standardization requirements. NIOD also leads the WP 7 task Coordination and assessment of Trans-National Access.

Contact details.

NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Herengracht 380
1016 CJ Amsterdam
The Netherlands
+31 (0)20-523 38 00

NIOD is coordinator of EHRI, the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure

For Communication are involved:
Reto Speck,
Petra Drenth,

For standardization requirements:
Petra Links,