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Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies

Resource available to authorized MTSU users (on or off campus)

To access this resource, read the instructions below and then visit:

The Fortunoff Archive and its affiliates recorded the testimonies of willing individuals with first-hand experience of the Nazi persecutions, including those who were in hiding, survivors, bystanders, resistants, and liberators.  Follow the instructions below in order to view content from the archive. If you have questions about this resource, please contact the library.

  1. To create an account, select "Login" at the upper right, and then select "Join Now!" at the bottom of the sign in box. After supplying account information, users will receive a confirmation email from the AVIARY platform.
  2. Log in and enter a search term. Click on a testimony in the search results and request access. You only need to request access to one testimony to obtain viewing access for the entire collection.
  3. Once the approval email is received, users may view the testimony just requested. A browser refresh may be necessary.
  4. To view subsequent testimonies after the first approval email, log out of the archive and log back in.
  5. Links to the archive access site provided in confirmation emails may not work off campus. If so, use the link at the top of this page to return to the archive access site.

*  Please note that 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.

Additional Information:

The Fortunoff Archive currently holds more than 4,400 testimonies, which are comprised of over 12,000 recorded hours of videotape. Testimonies were produced in cooperation with thirty-six affiliated projects across North America, South America, Europe, and Israel. Testimonies were recorded in whatever language the witness preferred, and range in length from 30 minutes to over 40 hours (recorded over several sessions).