USC Shoah Foundation

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The USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education is an American non-governmental organization founded in 1994 to create a database of interviews with Holocaust survivors and witnesses.

So far the Foundation had collected 54,000 interviews with people from 56 countries in 32 languages. Interviewees include both Jews and Jehovah’s Witnesses, Roma and Sinti people, homosexuals, political prisoners, witnesses of war crimes, as well as all sorts of people whose personal stories enrich our knowledge of the Holocaust. Recently interviews with witnesses of the genocide in Rwanda and the genocide of Armenians enriched the collection.

It is the largest collection of this type in the world. The USC Shoah Foundation Archive also includes around 600,000 photographs.

The USC Shoah Foundation database can be accessed at a range of selected academic cultural and museum institutions. POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews provides direct access to the interviews.