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August 2013 Newsletter

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September-October 2012
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June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
December 2011
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Video: Mr. Ali Shan describe his migration from East to West Punjab in 1947.

Video:  Mr. Kazi Shamsuzzaman describes his migration from West Bengal to Bangladesh in 1947.

[PHOTO: Mr. Itzak Yehezkiel]

As Muslims were to go to Pakistan during Partition, and Hindus and Sikhs were to go to India, Mr. Itzak Yehezkiel, being Jewish, fit into neither category. He was asked to choose a country. Read more

Mr. Jag Mohan Singh and his family lived in a camp in Sialkot cantonment for a month and a half, before taking a train through Dera Baba Nanak and onto Amritsar. Read more

[PHOTO: Mr. Surendra Dalal]

Mr. Surendra Dalal did not personally migrate. In Ahmedabad, he witnessed families moving away - along with their businesses and livelihoods that had made up the community. Read more

Mr. Narinder Nath Puri's entire extended family - about 50 people -  occupied an abandoned haveli in Haridwar, after migrating from Dina, Jhelum district. Read more

First foreign scholar visit
We are happy to announce that Ms. Patel from Kings College at Cambridge University is the first foreign scholar to visit The 1947 Partition Archive and conduct academic research based on the stories.  Archive access for research and scholarly purposes can be requested here.


In the media

This August, The 1947 Partition Archive received wide spread media coverage:

Featured in the New York Times!

People migrating after Partition. PHOTO: Margaret Bourke-White/Time Life Pictures, via Getty Images


> August 14, 2013: The New York Times
Potent Memories From a Divided India

        Syndicated from The New York Times:

> August 22, 2013: The Independent Florida Alligator

> August 18, 2013: The Daily Californian
Archive seeks to document stories of tragedy from 1947 Partition

Meet our new team members!

[PHOTO: Vincent Van Buskirk]

Vincent Van Buskirk
Finance and Bookkeeping Intern

Vincent is a junior at UC Berkeley studying economics and history. At the Archive he hopes to help preserve valuable history for future generations by applying his skills related to economics. He looks forward to contributing to the expansion of The 1947 Partition Archive in a meaningful way.


Adity Tibrewala
Oral History Program Assistant

Adity is a Comparative Literature student at UC Berkeley, specializing in post-colonial theory, story-telling, and cultural and national identity. She is drawn to The Archive in an effort to spread awareness about Partition and preserve an invaluable part of history. Her future projects include finishing her senior honors thesis and graduating. 


Farewell to our team of summer interns!

We have come a long ways this summer, many thanks to an amazing Skydeck team. We will miss those who have gone on back to school or back to their jobs.

Bushra Samimi
Emma Ayers
Erin Riggs
Fatima Hansia
Mavra Khan
Shireen Aziz
Thank you so much for spending the summer with us!  Best of luck to all in your endeavors!
Join the team as an intern!

The Archive is now accepting applications for our fall internships program.
Positions are available in several fields including documentary-making, bookkeeping, event planning, and more.
Click here to view available positions. 


Become an interviewer

[PHOTO: Interview in action]

Take part in an Oral History Workshop in order to conduct interviews and collect stories. The tutorial is completely online and takes no more than 2 hours to complete. Click here to sign up for the next workshop.


Help us archive more stories

Let us together preserve our stories for our children, grandchildren and future generations.   Donations are 100% tax deductible via the International Documentary Association.

The logo featured in the header of this newsletter has been designed by Pixar artist, Arjun Rihan, who is also the maker of "Topi" a short film on Partition featured on our website.  Arjun is kindly devoting a part of his time to designing our website.

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