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Shoah Foundation Institute Visual History Archive

Contact Information
Crispin Brooks
crispinb@usc.edu
(213) 740 5463

Location
Shoah Foundation Institute
Visual History Archive
DML Room 206

Overview

Established in 1994 to preserve the testimonies of survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute maintains one of the largest video digital libraries in the world: nearly 52,000 video testimonies in 32 languages and from 56 countries. The Institute is part of the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences at the University of Southern California; its mission is to overcome prejudice, intolerance, and bigotry—and the suffering they cause—through the educational use of the Institute’s visual history testimonies. For more information about the Institute, visit its website.

The video testimonies of the Institute's Visual History Archive were conducted both with those who had been subjected to the Holocaust—Jews, Sinti and Roma, Jehovah's Witnesses, political prisoners, homosexuals, and survivors of Eugenics policies—and others who witnessed it—rescuers, liberators, and particpants in war crimes trials. Interviewees describe life before, during, and after World War II, detailing the culture, religion, politics, and history of some 45,000 geographic locations worldwide and referring to as many as 1.2 million people. The interviews, which are on average 2.5 hours long, also contain photographs, documents, and artifacts that are displayed on camera.

USC students, faculty and staff can search and view the archive's testimonies using the Visual History Archive search tool. Non-USC researchers can access basic biographical information about interviewees online and can make an appointment to view testimonies on-site at USC Special Collections.

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