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USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive Access Now Available Through Brandeis Library

November 1st, 2017 · No Comments

The Brandeis Library is pleased to announce that we now have access to the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive. The largest digital collection of its kind in the world, the USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive contains more than 54,000 primary source video testimonies of survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides. Interviews have been conducted in 62 countries and 41 languages. Many testimonies contain a complete personal history of life before, during, and after the interviewee’s experience with genocide.

The Visual History Archive began as a repository of Holocaust testimony and has expanded to include testimonies from other genocides:

  • the 1915 Armenian Genocide,
  • the 1937 Nanjing Massacre in China,
  • the 1975 Cambodian Genocide,
  • the Guatemalan Genocide of 1978-1983,
  • the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda,
  • and the ongoing conflict in the Central African Republic.

Every streaming video in the Visual History Archive is digitized, indexed and fully searchable to the minute. Users can search by keywords that cover experiential group, geographic terms, names, biographical information, religious identity, places of incarceration, flight or resistance details, and find the exact minute in the testimony that matches their search terms. Video transcripts are available for almost 1,900 testimonies, with additional interview transcripts forthcoming.

USC Shoah Foundation partners with other organizations to integrate their testimonies into the Visual History Archive. Partners include Jewish Family and Children’s Services Holocaust Center, Forensic Anthropology Foundation of Guatemala, the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus, Holocaust Museum Houston, the Armenian Film Foundation, and a consortium of nine Canadian archives.

By registering for a free account on the site, users can login and create projects, save testimonies, and share testimonies with others.

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