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The USC Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archive makes available over 52,000 video testimonies of survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides.
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Mission Statement

The mission of the USC Shoah Foundation is to overcome prejudice, intolerance, and bigotry--and the suffering they cause--through the educational use of the USC Shoah Foundation's visual history testimonies.


Copyright Information

The images and testimonies in the USC Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archives are copyrighted. You may view and use these materials for your personal, educational and research purposes in accordance with fair-use provisions. However, you may not distribute these materials in any form.

Please see the University's Copyright Website for further information.


Visual History Archive

The USC Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archive makes available over 52,000 video testimonies of survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides.

You may access the archive at any time by clicking on the Visual History Archive link at left. If this is your first time using the archive, please read the Getting Started section first.

If you wish, you can elect to view one of the sample testimonies.

Note: Access to the archive and sample testimonies is available only via computers connected to the U-M Ann Arbor, Dearborn or Flint campus networks. Please see the Getting Started section for technical requirements.

Visitors: If you are planning a visit to UM to use the VHA, please see the visitor's guide above or contact us first at so that we can work with you ahead of time to make your visit more productive.



Steven Spielberg established the nonprofit organization, Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, in 1994, shortly after the filming of Schindler's List. The original mission of the Foundation was to document the experiences of Holocaust survivors. To this end, the Foundation set out to collect and record the testimonies of 50,000 survivors and other witnesses.

To date, the Foundation has gathered nearly 52,000 testimonies, in 33 languages, and from 57 different countries. The Visual History Archive expanded to include a collection of 65 audiovisual testimonies of survivors and witnesses of the 1994 Rwandan Tutsi genocide. The Foundation is interested in making these testimonies available to the public for educational purposes, in an effort to overcome prejudice, intolerance, and bigotry.

The University of Michigan was the first public university to partner with the USC Shoah Foundation, ensuring that an even greater number of individuals will have access to these important testimonials.


Contact Info

For further information about or help with using the Visual History Archive at the University of Michigan, please email

To obtain a copy of a testimony, please contact the USC Shoah Foundation directly; information is at


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