Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies

The Fortunoff Archive currently holds more than 4,400 testimonies, which are comprised of over 12,000 recorded hours of videotape. Testimonies were produced in cooperation with thirty-six affiliated projects across North America, South America, Europe, and Israel, and each project maintains a duplicate collection of locally recorded videotapes. The Fortunoff Archive and its affiliates recorded the testimonies of willing individuals with first-hand experience of the Nazi persecutions, including those who were in hiding, survivors, bystanders, resistants, and liberators.

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Go to database

In order to access the content in the Fortunoff Video Archive you need to follow these steps to register.

Step 1 - Register in Aviary

Go to Fortunoff Video Archive. Click on Log In, and then Join Now. Please check the password help if you have trouble creating a password. You can read the full Terms of Agreement for using Aviary here.

Step 2 - Receive Confirmation Email

After you submit the form, you will receive a confirmation email. Check your spam if it doesn’t show up in your inbox. This is just to verify you are indeed a human and not a bot.

Step 3 - Search and Request Access to Testimonies

Return to the Fortunoff Video Archive, login if necessary, and then enter a search term, such as a town name, a concentration camp, or a ghetto in the search bar at the top of the page. You can also click in the find content box and hit return. Click on a testimony in the search results and request access. Please note that our records truncate last names of those who gave testimony to protect their privacy. If you are looking for a specific person’s testimony, either shorten their last name to the first initial (“Eva B.”) or contact the archive directly. You only need to request access to one testimony to obtain viewing rights for the entire collection. You should receive an approval email a few minutes after you make your request.

Step 4 - View Requested Testimonies

Once you get the approval email, you can view the requested testimonies on the Fortunoff Video Archive