Libraries Provide Access to Holocaust Interview Archive

TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 15, 2008) – The University of South Florida Libraries have joined an elite group of 15 institutions providing access to the University of Southern California (USC) Shoah Foundation Institute’s Visual History Archive of interviews with survivors of and witnesses to the Holocaust.

This resource is among the first acquisitions for the newlyformed USF Libraries Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center. The USF Libraries Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center will house information in the areas of comparative genocide; genocide education, prevention, and justice; and the mental and public health ramifications of the Holocaust and genocidal events. This collection will enable researchers to more rapidly advance Holocaust and genocide studies and address the theoretical and policy issues inherent in the topic.

With a collection of nearly 52,000 video testimonies in 32 languages and from 56 countries, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute’s archive is the largest visual history archive in the world. The Institute interviewed Jewish survivors, homosexual survivors, Jehovah’s Witness survivors, liberators and liberation witnesses, political prisoners, rescuers and aid providers, Roma and Sinti survivors (Gypsy), survivors of eugenics policies, and war crimes trials participants, between 1994 and 1999.

Among the institutions now licensed to provide access to this resource are 10 universities with membership in both the Association of Research Libraries and the Association of American Universities.

Access to the Visual History Archive is available to the general public through an inperson visit to the libraries at USF, USF St. Petersburg, USF SarasotaManatee, and USF Polytechnic, and is provided to University students, faculty, and staff on or off campus. The Archive is searchable by family name, experience group, and a wide variety of keywords.

The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community engaged four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2007/2008. The University offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The University has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 46,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.

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