JTA archives from 1923 now online

JTA has launched a digital archive containing 250,000 articles dating from 1923.

Highlights of the archive include extensive reporting from Europe in the 1930s and 1940s, JTA’s reportage on the founding of the State of Israel, close and sustained coverage of the Soviet Jewry movement, and decades of articles chronicling the changing roles and responsibilities of Jewish women. The archives include perhaps the first article on what has become known as the Babi Yar massacre in 1941.

The archive can be found at archive.jta.org, and a video about the archive can be found at http://youtube/yB5I5wiL41A.

JTA’s coverage of the Holocaust may be of particular interest.

 “There was and still is a lot of conventional wisdom that Americans didn’t know about the Holocaust while it was happening, and couldn’t have known about the Holocaust while it was happening,” said Northeastern University journalism professor Laurel Leff. “One of the values of this archive is that people can actually look at the bulletins that JTA sent out during this period and see what information was, in fact, available.”  — jta