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SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY DIGITAL WITNESS SYMPOSIUM 2011: The Visual History Archive (VHA): Home

Overview

The Mission of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute

[mission statement on Institute Website] "Established by Steven Spielberg to gather the video testimonies of survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust, the Institute today is a thriving part of the University of Southern Calfornia. Our ongoing work has expanded beyond that initial goal to cover the following major activities:

  • empower teachers with training and educational tools
  • increase academic integration, both in the U.S. and internationally
  • preserve and provide educational access to the archive
  • aid in efforts to collect and share memories of other genocides"

[mission statement on YouTube site] "Established in 1994 to collect and preserve the testimonies of survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute maintains one of the largest video digital libraries in the world: nearly 52,000 video testimonies in 32 languages and from 56 countries. The Institute is part of the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences at the University of Southern California; its mission is to overcome prejudice, intolerance, and bigotry—and the suffering they cause—through the educational use of the Institute's visual history testimonies."

Building the Archive

Expansion of the VHA

Accessing the Full VHA

Resources for Users of the VHA

Works That Have Drawn on Material in the VHA

VHA Contact at Syracuse University