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.

UCLA IPAM Students Present Results of Information Retrieval Project

After two months working with the USC Shoah Foundation, the 2014 Research in Industrial Projects (RIPS) team made great strides in finding a way to link an outside archive to video segments in IWitness.

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The Last of the Unjust

From the spring 2014 issue of PastForward: French film director and documentarian Claude Lanzmann visited USC Shoah Foundation for the first time this December, bringing with him his latest film and a simple request for the future.

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Holocaust Survivor Dario Gabbai Donates Historical Documents to USC Shoah Foundation

Dario Gabbai, whose testimony is in the Visual History Archive, stopped by the USC Shoah Foundation last week to donate World War II era documents and artifacts for preservation and research.

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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 50 access sites around the world where you can access the Visual History Archive.