Lani Silver dies: Holocaust Oral History founder
Heather Knight, Chronicle Staff Writer

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Ms. Silver, then a professor of political science and women’s studies at San Francisco State University, began recording survivors’ memories in 1981 after attending the first world gathering of Holocaust survivors in Jerusalem.

In 1985, she told The Chronicle the recordings were “not just for the world, they are also for the survivors. Sometimes they haven’t even told their children. Many times the children sit in when they do finally tell their stories to us. Soon, everybody is crying, including me.”

Ms. Silver grew her one-woman mission into a large team of interviewers, transcribers, photographers and others, and she served as the project’s executive director until 1997.