The History Meeting House in Warsaw has become the first institution in Poland to offer full access to the Archive of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education. Nearly 52,000 videotaped testimonies of Holocaust survivors and other witnesses, recorded in 56 countries and in 32 languages—mostly between 1994 and 1999—can now be remotely accessed via an online interface that allows searching and viewing the fully indexed video and related metadata.
The History Meeting House held an opening event on April 24, 2012. Invited guests included: Jacek Leociak, PhD, representative of the Polish Center for Holocaust Research at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, experts working in the field of oral and audio-visual history, and media representatives. At the introductory press conference, the Institute Regional Consultant in Poland Monika Koszyńska presented the online Visual History Archive application and spoke about the Institute’s educational work around the world.