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USC Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archive

Archive makes available over 52,000 video testimonies of survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides.

Sample Testimonies

If you don't want to search through the archive and simply wish to view one of the testimonies, you can select from one of the sample testimonies listed below. Please note that in order to view the testimonies, you will need to create an account and login.

Representative samples have been selected from the following experience groups:

Jewish Survivors
Homosexual Survivors
Survivors of Eugenics Policies
Liberators and Liberation Witnesses
Rescuers and Aid Providers
Political Prisoners
War Crimes Trials Participants
Sinti and Roma Survivors
Jehovah's Witness Survivors

Jewish Survivors

Jack Bass Jack Bass

Male, Born 1923, Germany
Dachau, Auschwitz I & III, Gross Rosen, Ampfing-Waldlager V & VI Camps
Interview in English

Matilde Capelluto Matilde Capelluto

Female, Born 1926, Italy
Dachau, Haidari, Auschwitz II-Birkenau Camps
Interview in English

Isaac Daniels Isaac Daniels

Male, Born 1910, Russia/Soviet Russia
Soviet concentration camps
Interview in Yiddish

Max Kingsley-Kalischer Max Kingsley-Kalischer

Male, Born 1914, Germany
Fled Nazi-controlled Territory
Interview in English

Herbert Kolischer Herbert Kolischer

Male, Born 1924, Poland
Auschwitz I, Buchenwald, Mittelbau-Dora, Gleiwitz Camps
Interview in English

Vera Laszlo Vera Laszlo

Female, Born 1921, Romania
Târgu-Mures & Theresienstadt Camps
Interview in English

Symcha Nirenberg Symcha Nirenberg

Male, Born 1923, Poland
Gusen, Mauthausen, Gunskirchen, St. Georgen, Krakau-Plaszow Camps
Interview in English

Anna Post Anna Post

Female, Born 1922, Germany
Ravensbrück, Neustadt-Glewe, Auschwitz Camps
Interview in English

Helena Jonas Rosenzweig Helena Jonas Rosenzweig

Female, Born 1925, Poland
Auschwitz I, Auschwitz II-Birkenau, Krakau-Plaszow, Brünnlitz Camps
Interview in English

 

Homosexual Survivors

Walter Schwarze Walter Schwarze

Male, Born 1914, Germany
Gross Rosen & Sachsenhausen Camps
Interview in German

Pierre Seel Pierre Seel

Male, Born 1923, France
Schirmeck-Vorbrück Camp
Interview in French

 

Survivors of Eugenics Policies

Siegfried Kersten Siegfried Kersten

Male, Born 1906, Germany
Subjected to Nazi medical experiments
Interview in German

Meta Peter Meta Peter

Female, Born 1914, Germany
Subjected to Nazi medical experiments
Interview in German

 

Liberators and Liberation Witnesses

Elizabeth Dearden Elizabeth Dearden

Female, Born 1915, United Kingdom
Liberated or visited post-liberation: Bergen-Belsen Camp
Interview in English

John Hall Williams John Hall Williams

Male, Born 1921, United Kingdom
Liberated or visited post-liberation: Bergen-Belsen Camp
Interview in English

 

Rescuers and Aid Providers

Madeleine Morris Madeleine Morris

Female, Born 1923, France
Involved with wartime rescue activities
Interview in English

Willem Brouwer Willem Brouwer

Male, Born 1920, Indonesia
Involved with wartime rescue activities; arrested for rescue activities
Interview in English

 

Political Prisoners

Frank Barwacz Frank Barwacz

Male, Born 1917, USA
Buchenwald, Auschwitz II-Birkenau, & Mittelbau-Dora camps
Interview in English

Sonja Hirsch Sonja Hirsch

Female, Born 1931, Germany
Fled from Nazi-controlled territory
Interview in English

 

War Crimes Trials Participants

Gortz Mayer Gortz Mayer

Male, Born 1910, Austria-Hungary
Participated in the Nuremberg Trial
Interview in English

Edith Coliver

Female, Born 1922
Participated in the Nuremberg Trial
Interview in English

 

Sinti and Roma Survivors

Julia Lentini Julia Lentini

Female, Born 1926, Germany
Member of Romani-speaking community; Schlieben & Auschwitz II-Birkenau Camps
Interview in English

Avram Pinkas Avram Pinkas

Male, Born 1927, Bulgaria
Member of underground, resistance or partisan group(s); Somovit Camp
Interview in Bulgarian

 

Jehovah's Witness Survivors

Simone Maria Liebster Simone Maria Liebster

Female, Born 1930, France
Arrested; taken from family for re-education; underground Jehovah's Witness activities
Interview in English

Victor Schnell Victor Schnell

Male, Born 1916, Russia/Soviet Russia
Budy, Rajsko, Gross Rosen, Mittelbau-Dora, & Auschwitz Camps
Interview in English