The Fortunoff Archive’s collection consists of over 4,400 testimonies of Holocaust survivors, witnesses and liberators. Learn how to search the collection for materials relevant to your research. Includes step by step instructions on how to register in Aviary and access the collection. Search the Archive


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Access Sites

The Fortunoff Archive makes its collection available at dozens of access sites around the globe. Access Sites are generally institutions of higher learning, museums, and memorial sites. There is no cost to become an access site. Locate an Access Site

From the Archive


SE02E04: Helen Jonas

Deported to the Plaszów concentration camp, Helen Jonas faced almost certain death. Instead, she was chosen by Amon Göth—the camp’s notorious, brutal commandant—to be his servant. Listen

Edited Program

The Last Time I Saw Them

Five Holocaust survivors describe the terror of being separated from their parents in this short documentary that draws on recorded testimonies from the Fortunoff Video Archive, historic images, and family photographs. Watch

Edited Program

Event Honoring Lawrence Langer

The Fortunoff Archive hosted an online event honoring the publication Interrogating Evil: A Special Issue of the Journal of Holocaust Research for Lawrence L. Langer. Watch

Songs From Testimonies

Episode 1: Walc François

A look at the song "Walc François," from Songs From Testimonies, including a clip of the survivor Peretz H., a performance of the Zisl Slepovitch Ensemble, and analysis by author Krzysztof Czyżewski. Watch


SE02E03: Annelies Herz

Annelies Herz saw that fellow Jewish forced laborers were disappearing. To survive, she and her twin sister went underground. Listen

Edited Program

Frances B. and Sylvia G. excerpt from The Last Time I Saw Them

Frances and Sylvia, sisters born in Velky Berezeny, Czechoslovakia, in 1924 and 1928 respectively were separated from their parents at Auschwitz. Watch


SE02E02: Isaac Zieman

Isaac Zieman was a passionate young Zionist with plans to make a life in Palestine. Listen

Edited Program

Fred M. excerpt from The Last Time I Saw Them

Fred, born in Berlin, Germany, in 1927. He was separated from his parents when he was sent to the Netherlands on a Kindertransport. Watch

Edited Program

Anita S. excerpt from The Last Time I Saw Them

Anita, born in Brno, Czechoslovakia in 1930, was separated from her mother at Auschwitz. Watch

Edited Program

Heda K. excerpt from The Last Time I Saw Them

Heda, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1919, was separated from her mother at Auschwitz. Watch


SE02E01: Sally Frishberg

High school teacher Sally Frishberg used her childhood experience of being hidden for two years with her family in a Polish farmer’s attic to create one of the first public high school classes on the history of the Holocaust. Listen

Songs from Testimonies

Doina — Badkhen’s Song

Recounted in Jack M.'s testimony (HVT-1555). The composition opens with the doina (a free-time improvisatory piece) Listen

Songs from Testimonies

In the Small Village of Smiltschenzi

The song, recounted in Liubov's testimony, conveys the suffering of Jewish mothers separated from their children. Listen

Digital Humanities

Citation Database

Database listing testimonies cited by researchers over the last forty years. Search by testimony, author or publication. Explore

Edited Program

Rachel G. Edited Testimony

A child survivor from Brussels, Belgium, relates her wartime experiences. Watch


S01E10: Sam Kassow

In 1945, Celia Kassow gave birth to her son Sam in a displaced persons camp. 75 years later, Sam reflects on his mother’s life. Listen

Edited Program

Baruch G. Edited Testimony

A survivor from Mlawa, Poland, Rabbi G. chronicles the destruction of his closely knit extended family and his experiences in numerous concentration and slave labor camps. Watch

Digital Humanities

Let Them Speak

Let Them Speak (LTS) makes searchable circa 2,500 testimony transcripts from three major collections: Fortunoff, USHMM, and USC Shoah Foundation. searchable a joint project by the Fortunoff Archive Learn More


SE01E02: Leon Bass

Leon Bass faced racism growing up in Philadelphia, confronted it in the Army, and discovered its “ultimate” endpoint at a German concentration camp called Buchenwald. Listen

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Permission to Publish

Permission to Publish from the Archive

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Publication Database

Publication Database

Find texts that cite testimony, and obtain links to the original recording. A perfect resource for teaching seminal texts, such as Lawrence Langer's Ruins from Memory. Explore Publications