The Fortunoff Archive currently holds more than 4,400 testimonies, containing over 10,000 recorded hours of videotape. The Fortunoff Archive and its affiliates recorded the testimonies of willing individuals with first-hand experience of the Nazi persecutions, including those in hiding, survivors, bystanders, resistants, and liberators. Testimonies are recorded in whatever language the witness prefers, and range in length from a half hour to over 40 hours (recorded over several sessions).
Please note: The University of Michigan Library is a partner site of Yale University Library's Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies. You may search for and request the materials in this collection from any computer, but to watch the videos in this collection, you will need to register and view them on the dedicated computer within the Askwith Media Library (Shapiro Library, second floor).
To locate testimonies within the Fortunoff Video Archive, search for testimonies in Orbis, Yale's online catalog. (User tip: enter "hvt" in the search box. This stands for Holocaust Video Testimony, and limits the search to Fortunoff materials only. Add another search term if you wish to narrow your search.) Once you locate testimonies in Orbis, click "Request for Use in Manuscripts and Archives" next to "Location" in the bibliographic records for each testimony. This will take you to Your Special Collections Account, where you can login or register if you have not already done so.
First-time users will need to create an account for Yale University Library's Special Collections before requesting and viewing testimonies. After the registration process is complete, you can request additional testimonies by again locating the testimonies in Orbis, clicking on the link "Request for Use in Manuscripts and Archives" and completing the online form.
You will receive an automated email confirmation for each request. Do not proceed to the designated viewing station in Askwith Media Library until you have received a second email approving your request. It may take up to three business days for your requests to be approved. Once approved you can view the testimonies at the dedicated viewing station in the Askwith Media Library.
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