Provides numerous pathways for a broad audience of students, educators, scholars, and the general public to explore, experience, and share testimony.

And the winner of the 2013 Student Voices Film Competition is...

…Cecilia De Jesus' short film, "Where is my Home?" Using sand animation and footage from Vera Gissing's testimony, De Jesus tells a compelling story about the Kindertransport through the eyes of a girl.

See the film

Going Against the Grain

What can the Institute’s Visual History Archive teach us about other mediations of the Holocaust: how survivors tell their stories, how life performance and other media shape their narratives, or even how humor figures into remembrance?

Institute Senior Fellow and Rutgers professor, Jeffrey Schandler discusses these questions with examples from the Institute's archive.

See his talk

The Night of Broken Glass

The Kristallnacht Pogrom was an organized pogrom against Jews in Germany and Austria that occurred on November 9–10, 1938. Kristallnacht is also known as the November Pogrom, "Night of Broken Glass," and "Crystal Night."

In partnership with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Institute has an online exhibit using footage of witness testimony recalling Kristallnacht.

Visit the exhibit

  • Searching 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. Watch a sample of over 1,000 video testimonies.

  • Testimony Clip Viewer

    Search through our large collection of clips of archive testimony that have appeared in educational resources or online exhibits.

  • Full-length Testimonies

    This collection of testimonies represents a very small portion of the entire archive that is available on online or at one of many access sites throughout the world. To see more testimonies, visit our locator page to find an access site near you or log onto VHA Online.

  • Online Exhibits

    Check out one of our online exhibits focusing on personal encounters with historical events.

  • Student Videos

    Watch from a collection of videos produced by students at the high school and college level using footage from the Institute’s archive. Some of the student videos were entries to the Student Voices Short Film competition, an annual event hosted by the Institute and open to USC students.

  • Discussions and Lectures

    The Institute is host to several scholars who come to conduct research in the archive. This is a collection of videos of their presentations.