The Visual History Archive is USC Shoah Foundation’s online portal that allows users to search through and view more than 54,000 video testimonies of survivors and witnesses of genocide.

Initially a repository of Holocaust testimony, the Archive is being expanded and current includes a growing number of testimonies from: the Armenian Genocide, 1915-1923; the Nanjing Massacre, 1937; Guatemalan Genocide, 1978-1996; the Cambodian Genocide, 1975-1979; and the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, 1994. All told, the testimonies have been conducted in 62 countries and 41 languages.

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

VHA Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (11/1/2017)

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Technical Update

VHA is now streamed on ProQuest software.
University of Minnesota affiliates may use the full access VHA by first authenticating via the UMN VPN. Download VPN using UMN VPN .

FULL SITE CONTENT: Available to affiliated users and anyone (including visitors) using a campus library computer:
Access to all testimonies is available on the U of M campus via Visual History Archive
We recommend using computers in campus library locations or on your campus office computer.
Full access to the over 54,000 testimonies in the Visual History Archive is provided to 55 subscribing institutions in 13 countries around the world, including the University of Minnesota.

Wireless access: University of Minnesota affiliates may also use the full access VHA via wireless, by first authenticating via the UMN VPN. Download VPN using UMN VPN .

PUBLIC CONTENT Unaffiliated Users and UMN affiliates using remote access without VPN:
Anyone may use the Visual History Archive Online
where you may search indexing data on the 53,000 interviewees, and you may view 1,675 full-length video testimonies.

The brief registration form for accessing the Visual History Archive Online can be found here: This will allow you to search and save to Projects. Full access will vary; note the instructions above for levels of access.

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

Quick guide (pdf)
For topical searching you may consult our user guides in the left sidebar of this page.

The complete range of testimonies are accessible to unaffiliated users only from networked workstations on the University of Minnesota — Twin Cities and Duluth campuses.

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

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Page last revised March 2, 2017.

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