Visual History Archive


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.

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Technical Requirements

PC Requirements
    Windows XP/Vista
    Windows Media Player 9 or higher
    Internet Explorer 6 or later or
    Firefox 3 or later (requires Windows Media Player Plugin)

Macintosh Requirements
    Mac OS X 10.4 or higher
    QuickTime 7
    Flip4Mac WMV Components for QuickTime
    Safari 3 or higher


Macintosh users must follow an additional set of special instructions.

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

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.

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.

For more information about the Visual History Archive, and for short testimony clips, click on the icon below:

Developed by the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education

Presented by the University of Minnesota Libraries and the University of Minnesota Office of Information Technology


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