The USC Shoah Foundation has a free archive of over 53,000 recorded testimonies of Holocaust survivors and Holocaust witnesses. The USC Shoah Foundation digital video recordings are about 2 hours in length on average and are from 62 countries and 39 languages.

“The Visual History Archive is digitized, fully searchable via indexed keywords, and hyperlinked to the minute. With more than 11,000 hours of testimony stored in the Archive, indexing technology is essential for enabling users to pinpoint topics of interest.”

“Indexing allows students, teachers, professors, researchers and others around the world to retrieve entire testimonies or search for specific sections within testimonies through a set of more than 62,000 keywords and phrases, 1.7 million names, and 682,000 images.”

“Each testimony is indexed by a native speaker and each minute of video is timecoded in English to a proprietary search engine using Institute-patented technology.”

“The bulk of the video testimonies expound on the Holocaust, including such experiences as Jewish Survivors, Rescuers and Aid Providers, Sinti and Roma Survivors, Liberators, Political Prisoners, Jehovah’s Witness Survivors, War Crimes Trial Participants, Eugenic Policies Survivors, Non-Jewish Forced Laborers and Homosexual Survivors. But the Visual History Archive has expanded to include testimonies from the 1994 Rwandan Tutsi Genocide, the 1937 Nanjing Massacre and the Armenian Genocide that coincided with World War I. Plans to integrate testimonies from other genocides, including Cambodia and Guatemala are in development. The Visual History Archive is also integrating additional Holocaust testimonies through a program called Preserving the Legacy, in which USC Shoah Foundation has begun digitizing and indexing testimony taken and owned by other institutions to preserve them and make more accessible to scholars, students, educators and the general public.”



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