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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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