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.

Global Communication and Education Program Announced by USC Shoah Foundation and Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum

Auschwitz: The Past is Present will support official activities of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp.

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USC Shoah Foundation and World Jewish Congress Announce Global Program to Support 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz

As part of the program, 100 survivors of Auschwitz will travel to Poland to attend and participate in the official observance of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz on Jan. 27, 2015.

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USC Shoah Foundation Launches “Focal Points” in Response to Current Events

Focal Points will present USC Shoah Foundation and its Visual History Archive as a very relevant resource for those looking to find a frame of reference for the complex issues facing the world today. 

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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.