Step 01 / Register in Aviary

Go to our main site at Click on Log In, and then Join Now. Please check the password help if you have trouble creating a password. You can read the full Terms of Agreement for using Aviary here.

Step 02 / Receive Confirmation Email

After you submit the form, you will receive a confirmation email. Check your spam if it doesn’t show up in your inbox. This is just to verify you are indeed a human and not a bot.

Step 03 / Search and Request Access to Testimonies

Return to, login if necessary, and then enter a search term, such as a town name, a concentration camp, or a ghetto in the search bar at the top of the page. You can also click in the find content box and hit return. Click on a testimony in the search results and request access. Please note that our records truncate last names of those who gave testimony to protect their privacy. If you are looking for a specific person’s testimony, either shorten their last name to the first initial (“Eva B.”) or contact the archive directly. You only need to request access to one testimony to obtain viewing rights for the entire collection. You should receive an approval email a few minutes after you make your request.

Step 04 / View RequestedTestimonies

Once you get the approval email, if you’re sitting at an access site, you can view testimonies. Just refresh your browser.

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