DEVELOPING empathy, understanding and respect through testimony
IWitness is an educational website developed by USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education that provides access to more than 1,500 full life histories, testimonies of survivors and witnesses to the Holocaust and other genocides for guided exploration. It enables educators and their students to watch, search, edit, and share video, images, and other content within a secure, password-protected space. Testimonies of LGBTQ people and other stories related to hate and intolerance can be integrated into your video project. https://iwitness.usc.edu/
USC Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archive allows users to search through and view more than 54,000 video testimonies of survivors and witnesses of genocide.
Initially a repository of Holocaust testimony, the Visual History Archive has expanded to include testimonies from the Armenian Genocide that coincided with World War I, the 1937 Nanjing Massacre in China, the Cambodian Genocide of 1975-1979, the Guatemalan Genocide of 1978-1983, the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, and the ongoing conflicts in the Central African Republic and South Sudan. It also includes testimonies about contemporary acts of violence against Jews.
In order to integrate testimonies recorded and owned by other organizations into the Visual History Archive, USC Shoah Foundation has initiated the Preserving the Legacy program.
Partners in the program include Jewish Family and Children's Services (JFCS) Holocaust Center; a consortium of nine Canadian archives; the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus; Holocaust Museum Houston; Florida Holocaust Museum; and the Richard G. Hovannisian Armenian Genocide Oral History Collection.
The interviews have been conducted in 62 countries and 41 languages. Each collection adds context for the others, providing multiple pathways to learn from the eyewitnesses of history across time, locations, cultures and sociopolitical circumstances. The archive, which is searchable by the minute, contains invaluable material for research and education.
Viewable on the VHA Online are about 3,000 testimony videos from survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides. Testimony videos not viewable in the VHA Online can be viewed onsite at many institutions around the world. Find an access site near you, where all testimony videos can be viewed. http://vha.usc.edu