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About the My Story project

AJR’s My Story project has now ended with a wonderful archive of 45 individual life story books. We are incredibly grateful to our members and volunteers for helping us make this happen.


My Story was a volunteer-led testimony project which produced individual life story books for AJR members: Jewish refugees from Nazi persecution and Holocaust survivors. These books differ from other testimonies because they are not only about what happened during the war, but also about what people have achieved since arriving in the UK.


The books are a celebration of our member’s lives and a wonderful way of passing their story on to future generations. My Story acknowledges their triumphs and gives hope to today’s survivors of genocide and conflict.


The entire process was an uplifting and life-affirming experience for both members and volunteers. Strong friendships were made, and visits continued after the book was completed.


The My Story books can be either read online as a pdf file, or downloaded as an ePub file. A set of the books is available to read in The Wiener Holocaust Library (London). Please contact us if you would like to acquire a collection of books for a library, museum or other educational institution, or if you would like to purchase a hardback copy of one of the books.

Listen to Lead Coordinator Debra Barnes discussing My Story:

Watch a short video from our book designer:

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