The Holocaust

George Weiss, Jewish Holocaust SurvivorBetween 1994 and 1999, the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation — now USC Shoah Foundation — interviewed nearly 52,000 survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust, amassing the largest audiovisual collection of its kind in the world.  Covering a wide-array of experiences and topics, the collection includes interviews with Jewish survivors, homosexual survivors, Jehovah’s Witness survivors, liberators and liberation witnesses, political prisoners, rescuers and aid providers, Roma and Sinti (Gypsy) survivors, survivors of Eugenics policies, and war crimes trials participants.
USC Shoah Foundation is committed to expanding its Visual History Archive and becoming a digital repository for other audiovisual Holocaust survivor and witness testimonies.  Currently, it has developed a partnership with the Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco Holocaust Center to digitize, index and preserve over 1400 interviews conducted by San Francisco Bay Area oral history projects over the last twenty five years.  Through this initiative, and through similar efforts with other institutions, thousands of survivor histories can be made available to the public for educational use, honoring the survivors and witnesses who have offered their testimonies.