Visual History Archive


The USC Shoah Foundation Institute is the successor to the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, founded by Steven Spielberg to document the experiences of survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust through video-based oral histories. With a collection of nearly 52,000 video testimonies in 32 languages and from 56 countries, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute’s archive is the largest visual history archive in the world. The Institute interviewed Jewish survivors, homosexual survivors, Jehovah’s Witness survivors, liberators and liberation witnesses, political prisoners, rescuers and aid providers, Roma and Sinti survivors (Gypsy), survivors of Eugenics policies, and war crimes trials participants.

More details available - see the links on the left sidebar.

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.


Visual History Archive Online. The VHA may be searched via remote access. However:

Testimonies are accessible only from networked workstations on the University of Minnesota — Twin Cities and Duluth campuses. Wireless access is not currently supported.

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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