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USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive: VHA Copies & Downloads

Established in 1994 to preserve the audio-visual histories of survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust, the USC Shoah Foundation maintains one of the largest video digital libraries in the world: the Visual History Archive (VHA).



For information on purchasing copies of testimonies, please see Access Services.


USC students/staff/faculty only

USC students, staff, and faculty may download video interviews for educational purposes using the USC Shoah Foundation’s Mpeg Download Tool (MDT):

The MDT allows USC users to download tapes of testimonies to their desktops. The files are mpeg1 format.  

Click here.

The computer must be connected to the USC network.

Users can connect from off-campus by signing into the Virtual Private Network (VPN).  (Note: the Library Proxy does not grant access to the Mpeg Download Tool; off-campus users must sign in using the VPN. Broadband connection recommended.)




Windows XP/Vista                   


Internet Explorer 6 or higher                 


Firefox 3 + (requires Windows Media Player Plugin)





MAC OS X between 10.4 and 10.6.8 (Lion does not work yet)


Safari between 3 and 5.0 (5.1 does not work yet)

Flip4Mac WMV Components for QuickTime


Visual History Archive Curator

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Crispin Brooks
DML 232, 213-740-5463