Contact: Christopher James, University Libraries, (612) 625-9148
Drew Swain, University News Service, (612) 625-8962

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (2/23/2007) — The University of Minnesota Libraries has become one of only six universities that provide the public and researchers access to the world’s largest archive of visual histories of the Holocaust.

The University Libraries has launched a digital media archive of testimonies from the University of Southern California (USC) Shoah Foundation Institute’s Visual History Archive. The archive includes nearly 52,000 video testimonies of Holocaust survivors and other witnesses, in 32 languages and from 56 countries. Most of the interviews — about 90 percent — are with Jewish survivors of Nazi persecution; however, political prisoners, Roma and Sinti (Gypsy) survivors, gays and lesbians, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and liberators, witnesses, rescuers, and aid providers are also represented in the archive.