Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies

Connect to the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies

Fortunoff Video Archive is limited to in person use at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.

Step 1

  • Create an account to request access to specific videos in Yale's catalogue (this can done from anywhere)
  • Go to the main site at and Login to create the account

Step 2

  • Once you receive access to the videos, contact the Fisher Library by email to notify them when you'll be coming in to view the videos

Step 3

  • Visit the library to view the videos
  • Access to the videos is restricted from one of two work stations located in the Reference Area of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

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Search and Access the Archive Using Aviary

In April 2019, the Fortunoff Archive released the beta version of our new access system, Aviary. The system simplifies registration, search and navigation dramatically. Users can now search across thousands of summarized notes (indexes) and hundreds of testimony transcripts to easily locate content within thousands of hours of testimony. Moreover, since you request access to the collection once and not one testimony at a time, you can switch between the search and viewing process more fluidly at partner locations. No more requesting access in advance!

The current access system will remain in operation for several months, but we are eager to see Aviary replace it entirely by the end of the summer. We value any feedback, critiques, or suggestions for Aviary’s improvement. We especially invite you to take this survey. Staff and researchers are both welcome to take it, as many times as they use the system.