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 nearly 52,000 audiovisual testimonies of survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides that have been catalogued and indexed out of the over 53,000 testimonies currently housed at the Institute. These testimonies were conducted in 61 countries and in 39 languages.

In April 2013, the Visual History Archive expanded to include a collection of 65 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), this initial collection of 65 Rwandan testimonies was accomplished in collaboration with Aegis Trust and the Kigali Genocide Memorial, with additional support provided by IBUKA.

In February 2014, 12 audiovisual testimonies of survivors of the 1937-38 Nanjing Massacre were 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 will begin to be integrated into the Visual History Archive by April 24, 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