Frequently Asked Questions

Copies of testimony are available to those who gave their testimony and their family members. Copies for such things as education and documentaries are available via a license. We also work with institutions such as museums, libraries and memorial centers to create special curated collections for their locations. Visit for more information.

Currently, USC Shoah Foundation is focused on deploying the nearly 55,000 in the Visual History Archive for education, access and global distribution. Given our current resources and priorities, we are only able to collect a very limited number of Holocaust survivor and witness testimonies in any year. If you would like to submit a request to be interviewed visit our Last Chance Testimony Initiative page and fill out our online form.

In Hebrew, “shoah” literally means catastrophe. Used as a proper noun, “Shoah” refers to attempts to eradicate the Jewish population of Europe in the 1930s and 1940s by Nazis during and before World War II. The proper noun “Holocaust” is used in the same way.