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. 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. Recordings and transcriptions can be found at: http://voices.iit.edu .
"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.