The USC Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archive is a fully streaming video collection of more than 55,000 primary source testimonies of survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other crimes against humanity. The largest archive of its kind, history is preserved as told by the people who lived it, with each testimony offering unique insight and knowledge rarely available in traditional content. The vast majority of the testimonies contain a complete personal history of life before, during, and after the interviewee’s firsthand experience with genocide.
The Visual History Archive offers multiple pathways to learn from the eyewitnesses of history across time, locations, cultures and sociopolitical circumstances. The streaming archive is digitized, fully searchable, and cross-referenced to ProQuest content owned by the institution. Students, professors, researchers, and others can retrieve whole testimonies and segments within testimonies, with searching to the minute based manual transcription, 65,000 keyword index terms, 1.9 million names, and 719,000 images.