University of Minnesota
Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies


Histories & Narratives

Visual Testimony Holocaust and Genocide

Felicia Weingarten 1982

  • Minnesota Oral Histories 1982 (Video)
    Thirteen Minnesotan Holocaust Survivors were interviewed in June 1982 at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in conjunction with a summer teacher's workshop taught at the school by Stephen Feinstein, founding director of CHGS. The complete video collection is available at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM).
  • Minnesotans Oral Histories 1984 (Audio)
    Interviews of Minnesota Holocaust Survivors, liberators and witnessess by Rhoda Lewin as part of a Holocaust oral history project sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council, Anti-Defamation League of Minnesota and the Dakotas.  The project was later published as Witnesses to the Holocaust: an oral history by Twayne Publishers in 1990. All 60 interviews are available at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM).
  • Portraying Memories: Felix de la Concha (CHGS)
    n February 2013, internationally recognized artist Felix de la Concha collaborated with CHGS to include Twin Cities Holocaust survivors in his latest portrait series, 'Portraying Memories.' Nine local survivors were invited to share their testimonies of survival as Felix painted their portrait. These sessions were video recorded and depict the portraits transformation from a blank canvas to the finished piece; this process of portraying provided a powerful and emotionally charged multidimensional representation of his encounter with his sitters. The 9 Minnesotans survivors testimonies are availale on the CHGS YouTube Channel. More portraits from the complete project are being uploaded weekly.
  • Yale University Library: Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies
    The Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies is a collection of over 4,400-videotaped interviews with witnesses and survivors of the Holocaust. Part of Yale University's department of Manuscripts and Archives, the archive is located at Sterling Memorial Library. The testimonies bgan to be recorded in 1979 and contain some of the first video of Holocaust survivors recalling their experiences.
  • Visual History Archive (VHA) University of Minnesota
    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 licensing agreement between the University of Minnesota and the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, all students, faculty, and staff of the University of Minnesota 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 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. For more information contact Susan Gangl, Arts & Humanities Llbrarian, Wilson Library. 612 626-2281.Visual History Archive User Manual(PDF)
  • USC Shoah Foundation institute for Visual History and Education (Public)
  • Voices of Rwanda
    Voices of Rwanda is dedicated to recording and preserving testimonies of Rwandans, and to ensuring that their stories inform the world about genocide and inspire a global sense of responsibility to prevent human rights atrocities.

Photo: Felicia Weingarten Video Testimony, June 1982 River Falls, WI.

Updated page June 2014.