Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies

The Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies was started in 1979, when the organization Holocaust Survivors Film Project began videotaping Holocaust survivors and witnesses in New Haven, Connecticut. In 1981 the original collection of testimonies was deposited at Yale University. Since then, the Fortunoff Archive has worked to record, collect, and preserve Holocaust witness testimonies. These are interviews with people with first-hand experience of the Nazi persecutions, including those in hiding, survivors, bystanders, resistants, and liberators. The testimonies are recorded in whatever language the witness prefers, and range in length from one-half hour to over 40 hours. In December 2015 the archive held more than 4.400 testimonies, which are comprised of over 10.000 recorded hours of videotape. The testimonies were produced in cooperation with 37 projects across North America, South America, Europa, and Israel.

The testimonies are catalogued in Yale’s online catalogue and in OCLC. Each recording is indexed by geographic names and topics discussed during the interview, and keyword searches can be combined to locate specific witness profiles.

The Fortunoff Archive has also produced edited programmes that are available through this website and at Yale University’s YouTube channel. Three categories of videos are available: single witness programmes, thematic programmes, and short testimony excerpts. These interviews are also available for download; in Quicktime format for the video and in .au format for the audio.

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