About Our Archival Collections

Committed to expanding the Visual History Archive to include testimony from survivors and witnesses of other genocides, and to make such testimony available for educational use around the world via the Visual History Archive.

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USC Shoah Foundation is committed to expanding its archive to include testimony from survivors and witnesses of other genocides and crimes against humanity, and to make such testimony available for educational use around the world, alongside more than 53,000 testimonies of Holocaust survivors and other witnesses.

To that end, USC Shoah Foundation works with partners around the world, sharing the expertise the Institute acquired through the collection, indexing, preservation, and dissemination of the testimonies that are currently in the Visual History Archive.

Today the Visual History Archive contains video testimonies from the 1915 Armenian Genocide, the 1937 Nanjing Massacre in China and the 1994 Rwandan Tutsi Genocide.

Each collection adds context for the others, providing multiple pathways to learn from the eyewitnesses of history across time, locations, cultures and social-political circumstances.

The video shows select clips from survivors of the Holocaust, as well as other genocides that have occurred in recent history.

List of Archival Collections

 

George Weiss, Jewish Holocaust survivor

The European Holocaust

The largest audiovisual collection of its kind in the world, the Holocaust Collection is composed of nearly 53,000 WWII era testimonies of Jewish survivors, political prisoners, Sinti and Roma (Gypsy) survivors, Jehovah's Witness survivors, survivors of eugenics policies, and homosexual survivors, as well as rescuers and aid providers, liberators, and participants in war crimes trials.

Freddy Mutanguha, Director of the Kigali Memorial Centre and genocide survivor

Rwandan Genocide

Featuring testimonies collected by USC Shoah Foundation and the Kigali Genocide Memorial, the Rwandan Testimony Collection presents survivor and eyewitness accounts of the 1994 genocide of Tutsis that claimed as many as one million lives over the course of approximately 100 days.

Nanjing Massacre

In 2012, the Institute began collecting testimonies from survivors and witnesses of the 1937 Nanjing Massacre, which claimed the lives of up to 300,000 Chinese civilians and disarmed soldiers over the course of two months at the hands of invading Japanese forces.

Dr. J. Michael Hagopian, genocide survivor and co-founder of the Armenian Film Foundation

Armenian Genocide

With over 400 interviews conducted by genocide survivor and documentary filmmaker Dr. J. Michael Hagopian, the Armenian Genocide Collection explores the WWI-era massacres and deportations in the Ottoman Empire that claimed the lives of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians. The interviews were conducted from 1982 through 2004, with survivors who were between the ages of eight to 29 at the time of the Genocide. 

Cambodian Genocide

Developed through a partnership between USC Shoah Foundation and the Documentation Center of Cambodia, the Cambodian Genocide Collection offers testimonies of Khmer Rouge period survivors who escaped the killings of nearly two million Cambodians during 1975-1979.