ASU is the latest university and research institution to provide full access to the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive.
The Visual History Archive (VHA) contains more than 55,000 video testimonies of survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust, the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda (1994), the Nanjing Massacre (1937), the Guatemalan Genocide (1978-1996), and the Armenian Genocide (1915-1923). The testimonies were taken in more than 60 countries and in more than 40 languages. They are fully indexed and searchable by the minute with more than 63,000 keywords.
ASU and its Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies join more than 50 other universities, research centers and museums in more than 13 countries that provide access to the entire archive. ASU is the only site in Western North Carolina, where the Shoah Foundation's VHA can be used in its entirety.
Students, scholars and campus visitors will be able to access the Visual History Archive through Belk Library and Resource Center. The Library of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies also has two computer terminals, where users can work with the complete archive of genocide survivor and witness testimonies.
The Center will mark the access to this important archive at the beginning of fall term 2017 with a public lecture and seminar for students, faculty, and staff by Dr. Jared McBride (UCLA), a Holocaust scholar who specializes in the regions of Russia, Ukraine, and Eastern Europe. Dr. McBride is a recipient of the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research's Douglas and Margee Greenberg Research Fellowship and has worked extensively with the VHA. Future speakers will include Dr. Wolf Gurner, the Shapell-Guerin Chair in Jewish Studies, Professor of History at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and the Founding Director of the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research.