Digital Collections & Oral Histories
Holocaust & Genocide Studies Oral History Projects
The USF Libraries Oral History Program, in coordination with the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center, provide access to oral history testimonies that look to the past in order to understand the causes of mass violence, treat its effects on victims, and to help prevent future atrocities. For more information on the Oral History Program, click here »
Rwandan Youth & Children’s Testimonies
This collection contains testimonies that were handwritten in exercise books by students in Rwandan high schools between late 1999 and early 2000. Each testimony contains the first-hand account (in Kinyarwanda) of a child’s experiences from the beginning of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda until the child was rescued.
Concentration Camp Liberators Oral History Project
This completed collection comprises nearly 150 testimonies with the Allied service men and women who helped liberate World War II concentration camps. Author Michael Hirsh recorded the interviews for his book The Liberators: America’s Witnesses to the Holocaust (New York, 2010) and donated the tapes and transcripts with the USF Libraries Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center.
Holocaust Survivors Oral History Project
Begun by University of South Florida Department of Communication Professor Carolyn Ellis and her graduate students, in collaboration with the Florida Holocaust Museum, this growing collection of oral histories documents the memories of Holocaust survivors now living in the Tampa Bay area.
Asaba Memorial Oral History Project
This growing collection of survivor testimonies, conducted in the U.S. and Africa by University of South Florida Department of Anthropology Professors Elizabeth Bird and Dr. Erin Kimmerle, USF Department of History Professor Fraser Ottanelli, and Tampa Police Detective Charles Massucci documents the massacre that took place on October 5th 1967, in the Delta State of community of Asaba, in Nigeria.
Waging Peace Darfuri Children’s Drawings
In 2007, Waging Peace traveled to the refugee camps of eastern Chad to interview displaced Chadian and Darfuri refugees who had escaped the war in Sudan’s Darfur region. While there, the Waging Peace representatives gave paper, crayons, and pens to the children in the camps aged 6 to 18 years old. The children were then asked to draw their hopes for the future and their memories of the war. This collection includes 500 drawings, most of which depict what the children saw when their villages and home were attacked and destroyed by militia groups. In November 2007, the drawings were taken to the International Criminal Court in the Hague and were accepted by the court as contextual evidence of the crimes committed in Darfur by the government of Sudan and the Janjaweed militia group.