University of Minnesota
Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies


Histories & Narratives

Visual History Archive Subscription

The University of Minnesota Libraries have become subscribers to the Visual History Archive developed by the USC Shoah Foundation institute for Visual History and Education.

With a collection of nearly 52,000 video testimonies in 32 languages and from 56 countries, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute’s archive is the largest visual history archive in the world. The Institute interviewed Jewish survivors, homosexual survivors, Jehovah’s Witness survivors, liberators and liberation witnesses, political prisoners, rescuers and aid providers, Roma and Sinti survivors (Gypsy), survivors of Eugenics policies, and war crimes trials participants.

Through a new licensing agreement between the University of Minnesota and the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, all students, faculty, and staff of the University of Minnesota now have web-based access to the Visual History Archive (VHA). The general public can also access the archive using computer workstations on the University of Minnesota campus, CHGS and Wilson Library..

 The University of Minnesota’s license agreement for the VHA is sponsored by a partnership between the University of Minnesota Libraries and the Office of Information Technology.

Visual History Archive website
Visual History Archive User Manual(PDF)

For more information contact Susan Gangl, Arts & Humanities Llbrarian, Wilson Library. 612 626-2281.

Educators,students and the general public can access featured testimony clips and special on line content from the USC Shoah Foundation Institute web site.

For more information on using survivor testimony and the collection in the classroom please contact Jodi Elowitz.

 Visual Testimony Holocaust and Genocide

Yale University Library: Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies


CHGS Video/Audio Archives

CHGS Video Library - Watch digitized videos of Holocaust survivors, American concentration camp liberators, lectures on the Armenian Genocide, testimonies by second generation Armenians living in Minnesota, and other lectures of note at the University of Minnesota or other campuses in the region.
Audio Library - Listen to full digitized online testimonies of Holocaust survivors and camp liberators from Minnesota.

CHGSumn CHGS YouTube Channel. View lectures, programs, workshops sponsored by CHGS.



Minnesotan Holocaust Survivors and Liberators


Univeristy of Minnesota Libraries: Holocaust Studies. An index listing Holocaust resources available through the University as well as external links.