Description: The Visual History Archive contains almost 52,000 videotaped interviews of the Jewish Holocaust survivors, rescuers, and witnesses gathered by the Shoah Foundation between 1994 and 2005. The Archive also includes testimonies from survivors of the 1994 Rwandan Tutsi Genocide, the 1937-38 Nanjing Massacre, and the 1915 Armenian Genocide.
The USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education is housed in the University of Southern California's College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences. It was established by Steven Spielberg, originally as a private foundation, after he completed the film Schindler's List.
The VHA allows users to search for and locate whole testimonies of relevance and to find specific segments within testimonies. Each testimony consists of a survivor or witness speaking about his or her life before, during and after the Holocaust. After completing a 'Pre-Interview Questionnaire' (PIQ), the interviewers are able to formulate questions appropriate to each interviewee's experience, age, education, social and religious background. At the end of the video testimony, the interviewee is given the opportunity to display artifacts, such as photographs. Family members also are given the opportunity to speak at this time.
Over 30 languages are represented. Primarily English and Hebrew.
Some videos are stored locally and can be viewed immediately; others stored at USC can be ordered and usually arrive (with email notification) for viewing within a few hours and not more than 48 hours later. Visitors unaffiliated with UNC-Chapel Hill can access this resource on one of several public access computers in Davis Library. Please bring photo ID and ask for Guest computer access at the Circulation Desk. You may wish to bring your own headphones, or you can check out headphones from the Reference Desk. Please ask at the Reference Desk for assistance.
Off-campus access to this resource is not available. Off-campus users can search the archive at the Holocaust Museum website in order to identify testimonies for viewing on campus later. Visitors making a special trip to UNC to view testimonies should contact the Davis Reference Department several days in advance in order to ensure that their desired testimonies will be available for viewing.
Users are asked to create a log in and password in order to use the resource.
See the User Guide here