A new partnership between the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research and the Fortunoff Video Archive at Yale University will allow researchers at both institutions to access each other’s Holocaust archives, it was announced Tuesday.

Under the agreement, USC becomes the first location on the West Coast to join 24 other institutions, including universities, museums and research institutes, to offer access to the Fortunoff archive, a collection of more than 4,400 video testimonies of Holocaust survivors, witnesses and bystanders.

The USC Shoah archive is a holding of more than 55,000 video testimonies of survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides, including the Armenian, Rwandan, Guatemalan, Cambodian genocides and the Nanjing Massacres in China. The collection includes interviews conducted in 64 countries and 42 languages.

“A pioneer in the videotaping of Holocaust survivor testimonies, the Fortunoff Video Archive is an invaluable resource for those who study the Holocaust,” said Wolf Gruner, founding director of the USC Shoah Foundation Center.

“Exchanging full access to our archives marks an important and exciting milestone not only for our two institutions but for academic research, as scholars at all levels of inquiry will benefit tremendously,” he said. “This is an exciting time for us as we embark on this new partnership and expand the reach of the voices of all the survivors who shared their stories in our two archives.”

In addition to providing full access to each other’s archives, the USC Shoah and Fortunoff archives are collaborating to develop cooperative projects that will encourage scholars to use the resources of both collections to advance academic research on the Holocaust and other genocides as well as integrate these testimonies into their university teaching.

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