January 4, 2005

Critics say Holocaust project moving too slowly . . .

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Over $1 million has been donated to the World Jewish Congress in support of its Holocaust Survivors’ Memoirs Project since the project was launched by Elie Wiesel, who convinced Random House to seed the effort with the first $1 million. Since then, over 900 manuscripts have come into the project’s New York offices. However, as Shlomo Shamir observes in a report for Haaretz, “since its inception only seven books have been published,” and some critics says “the project is moving too slowly,” and “with that kind of money, more books could have been published.” The director of the program, Menachem Rosensaft, “says the process takes a lot of time and includes choosing a manuscript, preparing it for printing, review by a historian, editing and production,” while more manuscripts keep coming in from around the world.

Dennis Johnson is the founder of MobyLives, and the co-founder and co-publisher of Melville House. Follow him on Twitter at @mobylives

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