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In 2006, Freie Universität Berlin became the first European institution to provide access to the Visual History Archive: http://www.vha.fu-berlin.de
The Shoah Foundation Institute at the University of Southern California built and maintains the archive, and provides access to it to universities and institutions around the world. One such university is the Freie Universität Berlin; it is through a cooperation between the Center for Digital Systems (CeDiS) at Freie Universität Berlin and AUTh, and funding from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) that the university in Greece will receive access.
The USC Shoah Foundation Institute’s Visual History Archive contains a collection of nearly 52,000 video testimonies collected in 32 languages and 56 countries. The USC Shoah Foundation Institute interviewed Jewish survivors, homosexual survivors, Jehovah’s Witness survivors, liberators and liberation witnesses, political prisoners, rescuers and aid providers, Roma and Sinti survivors, survivors of Eugenics policies, and war crimes trials participants.
More than 300 of the testimonies accessible in the archive were conducted in Greece and in the Greek language. Just over 600 of the interviewees in the entire archive were born in Greece, 381 of them in Salonika. Today, the Visual History Archive is currently available at 32 universities and institutions around the world, visit (http://dornsife.usc.edu/vhi/testimoniesaroundtheworld/ for a full list).
Following the launch of the Visual History Archive on October 3, a day-long workshop for AUTh graduate and PhD students will convene on October 4. The workshop, organized by Freie Universität Berlin and AUTh, will provide an insight to the USC Shoah Foundation Institute´s Visual History Archive and its potential for academic research and higher education. Participants will have the opportunity for hands-on work searching, accessing, and viewing testimonies in the archive.
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