David P. Boder

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David Pablo Boder (9 November 1886 Liepāja, Latvia – 18 December 1961), was a professor of psychology at Illinois Institute of Technology when, in 1946, he traveled to Europe to record the experiences of Holocaust survivors.[1] During that trip, he collected over a hundred interviews totaling 120 hours on a wire recorder developed by fellow professor Dr Marvin Camras. He was the first to record the experiences of the survivors and is a highly noted primary source reference.[2][3][4] Recordings and transcriptions can be found at: http://voices.iit.edu .

Boder studied psychology in Leipzig and St. Petersburg before teaching in Mexico and, finally, the United States.[5][6]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Alan Dein, I Did Not Interview the Dead, BBC Radio 4, 4 July 2009
  2. ^ David Pablo Boder Papers, 1938-1957 University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
  3. ^ David P. Boder, Topical Autobiographies of Displaced People Recorded Verbatim in Displaced Persons Camps, with a Psychological and Anthropological Analysis. Chicago: [s.n.], 1950.
  4. ^ David P. Boder, I Did Not Interview the Dead, Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1949
  5. ^ Alan Dein, I Did Not Interview the Dead, BBC Radio 4, 4 July 2009
  6. ^ Alan Rosen, That Great and Mournful Past: David Boder and the Ethnography of Holocaust Testimony, 2009

External links[edit]

  • "Before It Had A Name"This American Life radio story. Act One of this episode of This American Life is about David Boder. Excerpts of his recordings are included. Reporter Carl Marziali tells the story.