Using the Visual History Archive for Research

The Center For Advanced Genocide Research

USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research is dedicated to advancing new
areas of interdisciplinary research on the Holocaust and other genocides, specifically discussing
the origins of genocide and the conditions that enable people to resist mass violence.

Visual History Archive

The Visual History Archive is an online portal that allows users to search and view more than 54,000 video testimonies of survivors and witnesses of genocide. Currently totalling 114,000 hours of testimony from 62 countries and recorded in 41 languages, each interview contains a complete personal history of life,before, during and after the interviewee’s first hand experience of genocide. It is the largest digital collection of its kind worldwide.Originally initiated by Steven Spielberg as a repository of Holocaust testimony, the Archive now includes survivor and witness testimony from the Armenian Genocide (1915-1923), the Nanjing Massacre (1937),the Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda (1994) and the Guatemalan Genocide (1978-1996).University of Melbourne staff have access to the Archive via ProQuest. The Archive contents overlay with a wide range of research areas across the University including: Arts, Law, Education and Medicine.

Date: Tuesday 18th July, 2017
Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Location: Arts West North Wing, Discursive Space 553



  • Founding Director, University of Southern California Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research
  • Shapell-Guerin Chair in Jewish Studies
  • Professor of History

Professor Gruner is a specialist in the history of the Holocaust and in comparative genocide studies.