Laurel Fox Vlock to be Highlighted at New Haven Museum: Second Annual Judith Ann Schiff Women’s History Program
Laurel Vlock Photo courtesy of the Vlock Family
New Haven, Conn. (February 12, 2024) – The New Haven Museum (NHM) will highlight the life, work, and legacy of Laurel Fox Vlock during the Second Annual Judith Ann Schiff Women’s History Program presentation, “Laurel Vlock: Pioneering Holocaust Filmmaker,” on Sunday, March 3, 2024, at 2 p.m. The program will also stream on FB Live. In the case of inclement weather, the event will air on Zoom and stream on FB Live. Register here.
The lecture is dedicated to the memory of Judith Ann Schiff, founder of the Jewish Historical Society of Greater New Haven and the Ethnic Heritage Center, and Yale archivist and historian dedicated to women’s, ethnic, and New Haven history.
Vlock is best known for creating the collection that became the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale University. Born and raised in New Haven, Vlock began her journalism career in 1964 with a WYBC-FM radio program taped and broadcast to New Haven public school students, “Your Community Speaks.” She interviewed local, national, and international personalities on a weekly public-affairs program, “Dialogue with Laurel Vlock,” on WTNH. While focusing largely on the local Jewish community, Vlock interviewed many other important leaders, including Golda Meir and Hillary Clinton.
In 1979, Vlock and Dori Laub, a psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor, founded the New Haven-based Holocaust Survivors Film Project. The then-new technology of video allowed them to capture the full effect of survivors’ memories. The Fortunoff Video Archive at Yale now includes over 4,400 testimonies. In 1981, Vlock received an Emmy Award for a documentary about survivors, “Forever Yesterday,” filmed for WNEW-TV in New York.
The New Haven Museum program will include video clips of Vlock’s interviews, and remembrances of her life by colleagues and family members. Photographs, publications, and objects related to Vlock will be on view in the Community Case in the Museum’s rotunda throughout March 2023.
The event is co-sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society of Greater New Haven.