The Visual History Archive is USC Shoah Foundation’s online portal that allows users to search through and view more than 52,000 video testimonies of survivors and witnesses of genocide. Initially a repository of Holocaust testimony, the Archive expanded in April of 2013 to include 64 testimonies from the 1994 Rwandan Tutsi Genocide and again in April 2014 to include 12 testimonies from the 1937 Nanjing Massacre in China. All told, the testimonies have been conducted in 61 countries and 39 languages.

Note: most testimonies run about two hours, with the exception of Armenian massacre testimony recordings, which are shorter.

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Technical Requirements


PC Requirements
     Windows 7/8 +
    Internet Explorer 9 +
    Firefox 25 +
    Google Chrome 12+

Mac Requirements
    Mac OS X 10.6 +
    Safari 5.1.1 +
    Google Chrome 12+
    Firefox not currently supported

Information updated July 9, 2015


PC Requirements

Macintosh users may need to follow an additional set of special instructions.

Search and view testimonies on a U of M Twin Cities campus library computer:
Visual History Archive

Quick guide (pdf)
The VHA may be searched via remote access Visual History Archive Online (search only). For topical searching you may consult our user guides in the left sidebar of this page.

The complete range of testimonies are accessible only from networked workstations on the University of Minnesota — Twin Cities and Duluth campuses. Wireless access is not currently supported. If you aren't affiliated with the U of M, you may make arrangements to view testimonies on campus; contact Wilson Library service desk 612 624-3321 to reserve a dedicated computer.

Also, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute provides access to a limited number of full length testimonies available to the general public.

For more information about the Visual History Archive, and for short testimony clips, click on the red logo to visit:

the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education

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