About the Visual History Archive

The Visual History Archive is an online portal from USC Shoah Foundation that allows users to search through and view 54,000 audiovisual testimonies of survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides that have been catalogued and indexed at the Institute. These testimonies were conducted in 62 countries and in 41 languages.

Since April 2013, the Visual History Archive has expanded to include a collection of 85 audiovisual testimonies of survivors and witnesses of the 1994 Rwandan Tutsi genocide. Conducted in two countries (U.S.A. and Rwanda), and two languages (English and Kinyarwanda), the initial collection of Rwandan testimonies was accomplished in collaboration with Aegis Trust and the Kigali Genocide Memorial, with additional support provided by IBUKA.

Since February 2014, 30 audiovisual testimonies of survivors of the 1937-38 Nanjing Massacre have been integrated into the VHA. These testimonies are in Mandarin and were conducted in Nanjing, China, through a partnership with the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall.

Testimonies from survivors and witnesses to the Armenian Genocide were integrated into the Visual History Archive in April 2015, the centennial of that historic event. For this collection the USC Shoah Foundation partnered with the late Dr. J. Michael Hagopian who filmed all the interviews, his wife Antoinette and the Armenian Film Foundation.    

Find out more about the Visual History Archive:

Collecting Testimonies | Cataloguing and Indexing | Preserving the Archive

Testimonies by Language

Arabic
15
Armenian
159
Bulgarian
624
Croatian
395
Czech
564
Danish
70
Dutch
1,081
English
27,479
Farsi
1
Flemish
5
French
1,934
German
937
Greek
319
Hebrew
6,304
Hungarian
1,365
Italian
434
Japanese
3
K'iche'
56
Khmer
2
Kinyarwanda
82
Kurdish
3
Ladino
9
Latvian
1
Lithuanian
47
Macedonian
9
Mandarin
74
Norwegian
34
Polish
1,585
Portuguese
563
Romani
24
Romanian
130
Russian
7,168
Serbian
384
Sign
5
Slovak
567
Slovenian
6
Spanish
1,484
Swedish
266
Turkish
13
Ukrainian
304
Yiddish
578

Testimonies by Country

Argentina
737
Armenia
14
Australia
2,505
Austria
191
Belarus
246
Belgium
206
Bolivia
23
Bosnia-Herzegovina
55
Brazil
567
Bulgaria
628
Canada
4,094
Chile
65
China
73
Columbia
15
Costa Rica
19
Croatia
329
Czech Republic
567
Denmark
105
Ecuador
9
Estonia
9
Finland
1
France
1,671
Georgia
6
Germany
679
Greece
325
Guatemala
179
Hungary
803
Ireland
4
Israel
8,487
Italy
419
Japan
1
Kazakhstan
6
Latvia
79
Lebanon
4
Lithuania
137
Macedonia
9
Mexico
111
Moldova
284
Netherlands
1,051
New Zealand
54
Norway
34
Peru
2
Poland
1,438
Portugal
2
Romania
147
Russia
677
Rwanda
84
Serbia/Montenegro
346
Slovakia
664
Slovenia
11
South Africa
250
Spain
7
Sweden
328
Switzerland
70
Syria
30
Ukraine
3,428
United Kingdom
879
United States of America
21,433
Uruguay
125
Uzbekistan
25
Venezuela
228
Zimbabwe
8