USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History “Visual History Archive”

The Jewish Holocaust Centre has access to the “Visual History Archive” of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education through a portal to Monash University.

With a collection of nearly 52,000 video testimonies of Holocaust survivors and other witnesses, in 32 languages and from 56 countries, this 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.

The “Visual History Archive” may be of interest to researchers and students from a wide range of disciplines and interdisciplinary areas including Arts, Law, Psychology, Ethics, and Education.


Members of the public can access the archive by booking one of the three available computers in the Jewish Holocaust Centre “Research Room” through the Office & IT Manager, Lena Fiszman, on 9528 1985 or by emailing her on

Over 2000 testimonies recorded in Australia are cached on a Monash University server and are immediately available. All other testimonies are made available for you to view within 48 hours of making your request.