Visual History Archive

An invaluable resource for humanity, with nearly every testimony encompassing a complete personal history of life before, during and after the subject’s firsthand experience with genocide.

USC Families Discover Visual History Archive at Trojan Family Weekend

As parents and families of USC students descended on campus on Thursday for the first day of Trojan Family Weekend, many were already making sure to stop by Doheny Memorial Library to learn about USC Shoah Foundation and explore the Visual History Archive.

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POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews Celebrates Grand Opening in Warsaw

Six months after beginning its educational and cultural programming, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews celebrated the opening of its core exhibition and the official grand opening of the museum in Warsaw yesterday.

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USC Shoah Foundation to Help Preserve 60 Million Gacaca Court Documents

USC Shoah Foundation, Aegis Trust Rwanda and the Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies (NIOD) conducted a feasibility study this month to determine how case files from trials of genocide perpetrators could be digitized and preserved.

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  • Search the Visual History Archive

    Find out how to conduct searches in the Institute's Visual History Archive. Log on to our Visual History Archive Online and search the entire catalog of nearly 52,000 witnesses so far catalogued and indexed of the over 53,000 testimonies housed at the Institute. Watch a sample of 1,228 video testimonies.

  • About the Visual History Archive

    Learn about the history of the Visual History Archive, including the Institute's efforts to expand its video testimony holdings.

  • Collections

    The Visual History Archive contains several collections of video testimonies. Beginning with the Holocaust collection, containing testimonies from Holocaust survivors and other witnesses, the Institute is working on incorporating other collections of testimony on the Cambodian genocide, the genocide in Rwanda, and the Armenian genocide.

  • Find an Access Site Near You

    The Institute has 51 access sites around the world where you can access the Visual History Archive.