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The purpose of oral history testimony is not only to gather facts, but also to gain a deeper understanding of events as they were lived and filtered through personal reflection.  Unlike most documentation from this period – written by the perpetrators – oral testimony gives a voice to the survivors and other witnesses, allowing them to speak directly about their personal experiences.  The USC Shoah Foundation Institute's testimonies are unedited, primary sources of information.  Each interview consists of a single survivor or other witness speaking about his or her life before, during, and after the war, guided by questions from a trained interviewer.  The interviews average two and a half hours in length.
 

 

 

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Penn Contacts

For further information or for help with using the USC Shoah Foundation Institute Visual History Archive at the University of Pennsylvania, contact:
Nick Okrent
Information Literacy & Undergraduate Services Librarian
(215) 573-2217
204 Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
Bruce Nielsen
Judaica Public Services Librarian & Archivist
(215) 238-1290 ext 203
Library at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies
 

 

Pessach Haggadah in Memory of the Holocaust/ Wolloch Haggadah.
Gift of Helene Wolloch to the Library at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
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