Last Updated: May 17, 2013
- Overview of the Archive
Lists "experience groups" of individuals whose testimonies were collected (e.g., Jewish Survivors, Rescuers and Aid Providers, Liberators and Liberation Witnesses) as well as countries and languages in which videotaped interviews were conducted.
- Collection, Cataloging, and Indexing of Testimonies
Materials included here (downloadable reference documents): Archive User Manual; Indexing Terms Thesaurus; Outreach Flyer; Pre-Interview Questionnaire; Interviewer Guidelines; Videographer Guidelines; Release Agreement; Cataloguing Guidelines; Indexing Guidelines. (There are no translations or transcripts of testimonies.)
- Documentary Films
"The USC Shoah Foundation Institute has produced 11 documentary films, which have been broadcast in 50 countries and subtitled in 28 languages."
"Selected bibliography of publications that draw from the USC Shoah Foundation Institute archive."
- Course Lists
"A total of 341 courses at 41 universities have drawn upon the Institute’s testimonies in over 25 disciplines and fields. The courses demonstrate the range of topics and themes that the Institute’s archive of video testimonies can help illuminate."
[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."
- The One Voice at a Time Website
"Here you can watch the full-length testimony of 12 men and women who had diverse experiences during the Holocaust and the genocide in Rwanda."
- "Seven Voices from the Holocaust" (multimedia lessons for the classroom for grades 9-12)
"Designed for educators, Living Histories: Seven Voices from the Holocaust is a series of seven downloadable 30-minute testimonies with classroom lessons highlighting a range of eyewitness experiences related to the Holocaust ... This series provides educators with the opportunity to broaden students' understanding of the complexity of eyewitness experiences."
- The IWitness Initiative (for secondary school educators and students)
"Designed for secondary school educators and students, IWitness provides a searchable collection of more than 1,000 video testimonies of Holocaust survivors and other witnesses from the USC Shoah Foundation Institute’s archive, along with educational tools and supporting resources that provide context to deepen students’ understanding of the Holocaust."
- Lydia W. Wasylenko, University Library (Unit for Research, Collections, & Scholarly Communication)
- Documenting the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda
"The USC Shoah Foundation Institute has been expanding efforts to collect and preserve memories of the genocide in Rwanda, which claimed as many as one million lives. The Institute has developed relationships with several organizations doing similar work in Rwanda, including IBUKA—the umbrella organization representing Rwandan survivors." 65 survivor and rescuer/aid-provider testimonies from the Rwandan Tutsi Genocide are already available for viewing.
- Preserving Memories of the 1915 Genocide in Armenia
"In April 2010, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute signed a historic agreement with the Armenian Film Foundation, the late Dr. J. Michael Hagopian, and Antoinette Hagopian. The agreement paves the way for the preservation and dissemination of the largest collection of filmed interviews of survivors and witnesses of the Armenian Genocide, the first genocide of the twentieth century. ... The Armenian Film Foundation’s film archive contains nearly 400 interviews of Armenian Genocide survivors and witnesses who are now deceased."
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