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Inspired by Testimony

Charlotte Adelman on Yiddish Culture

Charlotte Adelman reflects on the challenge of having to learn French in school after speaking only Yiddish in her home. However, she still remembers and even sings a Yiddish song that she learned as a child. (Pictured Charlotte and her parents in Paris 1938)


Inspired by Testimony

Gerda Klein on forced labor

Gerda Klein reflects on daily life while imprisoned in the Merzdorf concentration camp a subsidiary camp of Gross Rosen. She describes her forced labor making textiles and also working alongside German citizens. Pictured: Entrance of Gross- Rosen concentration camp.


Inspired by Testimony

Coenraad Rood reflects on the importance of tolerance

Holocaust survivor Coenraad Rood relayed a message to the future in his USC Shoah Foundation testimony: "Don't ever hate each other. ... If you cannot love each other, at least respect each other." This week, as we grieve for the victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, his wisdom resonates.

  • 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.