This collection features powerful accounts of the Holocaust, told by survivors, rescuers, and witnesses, selected from USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive. The videos are divided into three sections: The Nazis in Power: Voices in Europe, The Holocaust, and After the Holocaust.
See our Teaching with Testimony collection for additional context and guidance on bringing video testimony from this collection into your classroom.
This collection includes:
22 survivor testimony videos
Preparing to Teach
A Note to Teachers
The resources in this collection, like any examination of the Holocaust, include historical descriptions and firsthand accounts that some students may find disturbing and need to be taught with intention and care. See the Preparing to Teach section of the Teaching with Testimony collection for guidance on teaching emotionally challenging content and establishing context for these videos.
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Vera Gissing, a Holocaust survivor from Czechoslovakia, recalls how her family prepared her for the Kindertransport, a rescue mission that brought thousands of Jewish refugee children to Great Britain.
Ellen Kerry Davis, a Jewish woman originally from Hoof, Germany, describes how her family’s friendships were impacted by Nazi rule.
Testimonies in this section focus on experiences that took place across Europe in the years between the fall of 1939 and 1945. Many of the stories reveal the relationship between the Holocaust and World War II.
Memory and Legacy: Preparing to Learn from Descendants of Holocaust Survivors
In this classroom video, explore how framing a lesson around the importance of memory using classroom discussion and journaling can prepare students to learn from survivors of the Holocaust and their descendants.
Resources from Other Organizations
In partnership with USC Shoah Foundation, we created common core aligned activities to teach this material, which you can access on the iWitness Platform. The USC Shoah Foundation also developed guidelines for effective teaching to supplement viewing the videos.
Explore the digital version of our core resource on the Holocaust. Find classroom-ready readings, primary sources, and short documentary films that support a study of the Holocaust through the lens of human behavior.
Responses to Rising Antisemitism and Antisemitic Legislation in North Africa
Explore how power structures established through the European colonization of North African countries influenced the fate of North African Jewry during the Holocaust and ways in which individuals and groups responded to rising antisemitism.
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