(Media-Newswire.com) – WASHINGTON, D.C. — The world’s largest collection of visual Holocaust survivor and witness testimonies is now available to United States Holocaust Memorial Museum visitors. The University of Southern California ( USC ) Shoah Foundation Institute’s Visual History Archive contains nearly 52,000 video testimonies of Holocaust survivors and other witnesses from 56 nations and in 32 languages. More than 90 percent of the collection is comprised of testimonies of Jewish survivors; however, other victims of Nazism—political prisoners, Sinti and Roma ( Gypsies ), homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and survivors of eugenics policies—as well as liberators, liberation witnesses, and rescuers and aid providers are also represented in the collection.

“The power and authenticity of survivors’ testimony is our most effective tool in transmitting the history of the Holocaust to future generations,” says Museum Director Sara J. Bloomfield. “Making the Shoah Foundation collection, in addition to the Museum’s oral histories, available to visitors will greatly enhance our ability to educate millions of people worldwide about the lessons of the Holocaust.”

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