Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies
Access is available on and off campus to Ryerson University students, faculty and staff.
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The Fortunoff Archive currently holds more than 4,400 testimonies. 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. Testimonies were recorded in whatever language the witness preferred, and range in length from 30 minutes to over 40 hours (recorded over several sessions).
Create Login for Fortunoff Archive
Step 01 / Register in Aviary
Go to the main site at https://fortunoff.aviaryplatform.com/. Click on Log In, and then Join Now. Please check the password help if you have trouble creating a password.
Step 02 / Receive Confirmation Email
After you submit the form, you will receive a confirmation email from AVIARY <email@example.com>. 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. Before you confirm your registration, right click on the “Confirm my Account” and copy the link into a new browser. Then copy and paste http://ezproxy.lib.ryerson.ca/login?url= before the confirmation link and then hit the Enter button.
Step 03 / Search and Request Access to Testimonies
Return to https://ezproxy.lib.ryerson.ca/login?url=https://fortunoff.aviaryplatform.com/, 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 Requested Testimonies
Once you get your approval, refresh your browser and you can view testimonies. Or use this link – Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies.