By Tony Castro, Staff Writer
Article Launched: 11/27/2007 09:02:09 PM PST

With the videotaped testimonies of nearly 52,000 Holocaust survivors, the Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education at USC is the largest archive of its kind in the world.

Movie director Steven Spielberg launched and financed the project in 1994 – a year after he completed the Oscar-winning “Schindler’s List – with the goal of taping interviews of all survivors of the “Shoah,” the Hebrew word for Holocaust.

Survivors in 56 countries have been interviewed since the project began, most of them Jews. However, the archives also include histories of Gypsies, Jehovah’s Witnesses and others persecuted by the Nazis during World War II.

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