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Susanne Hillman
Program Coordinator
Office Hours:
By appointment


The Visual History Archive, created by the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, is an online collection of approximately 52,000 testimonies of Holocaust survivors and witnesses, recorded in 56 countries and 32 languages. Students, teachers and community members can search for testimonies by name, place, experience or event, among other topics, to supplement research projects, enhance classroom activities and even uncover personal family histories.

The Archive includes interviews from: Jewish survivors, Jehovah’s Witness survivors, homosexual survivors, Roma and Sinti (Gypsy) survivors, survivors of eugenics policies, political prisoners, liberators and liberation witnesses, rescuers and aid-providers, war crimes trials participants.

How to use the Archive:
Anyone can access the Visual History Archive from a UCSD Library public workstation, ACS computer lab, or from an other computer physically connected to the UCSD campus. On-campus wireless access is possible through the UCSD-protected wireless network, but viewing of actual video will be unreliable. UCSD students, faculty and staff who are off campus, by using the Proxy Server or VPN, can search the Archive and view survivor profiles, and request video from off campus, but the testimony itself can only be viewed on campus

Follow these steps to explore the Archive’s compelling testimonies:

Please contact Susanne Hillman for more information about using the Archive or to report your requests for testimony videos and when you have finished watching them.


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