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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. 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. Testimonies were recorded in whatever language the witness preferred, and range in length from 30 minutes to over 40 hours (recorded over several sessions).
Viewing and Use of Testimonies
Researchers can visit either Yale University’s Manuscripts and Archives reading room or our access sites to view testimonies from our collection. You do not need to be part of the Yale community or affiliated with an academic institution to use our testimonies. For more information about visiting Manuscripts and Archives for research, including their location, hours, and registration procedures, please visit the MSSA website. Our testimonies are not just available for research–we also release excerpts of them for use in publications, documentaries, films, podcasts, and other media. Licensing is required and limits on testimony usage may apply. We encourage you to contact us to learn more.