Does the Museum conduct oral history interviews?
The Museum does conduct a limited number of interviews every year. If you or someone you know would like to be considered for an interview, please complete the online form, and a staff member will contact you.
How do I conduct an interview?
The Museum’s Oral History Interview Guidelines (PDF) is a unique reference guide to aid the public in conducting oral history projects of its own. Included are step-by-step suggestions for making initial contact with a potential interviewee, conducting research and preparing questions for the interview, and producing transcripts and summaries to help make the interview more accessible to researchers.
Which other organizations have Holocaust-era interviews?
The Museum’s International Database of Oral History Testimonies includes interviews conducted by both major institutions and local community organizations.
Do you have copies of the Shoah Foundation interviews?
The interviews conducted under Steven Spielberg’s project are part of the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive (external link). Information about the interviews, including interviewee name, is included in the Museum’s online catalog. The interviews themselves can be viewed at the Museum or any of the USC Shoah Foundation’s participating organizations (external link).
If an interview is in a foreign language, can I request a translation?
The Museum is working to create translations of the non-English-language interviews in its collection. If an interview has not already been translated into English, we cannot provide one upon request.
I have an interview in a written format which I would like to donate.
Written testimonies are part of the Museum’s archival collection. Please contact the reference desk for further information.
Who do I contact if I find an error in the Museum’s online catalog?
If you encounter an error in the catalog, please contact the reference desk through the online form.
How can I donate an interview?
An interview can be donated by contacting Oral History at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I donate a copy of an interview produced by another organization?
If the Museum has an existing agreement with the organization that conducted the interview, we may be able to negotiate with the other organization to acquire the interview. Often there are copyright
issues that may prevent us from acquiring certain interviews.
What types of media/formats do you accept?
While the Museum is moving beyond physical media, we do accept a broad range of interviews in analog and digital formats.
What types of subject matter do you accept?
We accept a broad spectrum of Holocaust-related experiences.
Do you accept donations of interviews in languages other than English?
Yes, the Museum accepts interview in languages other than English.
Can I volunteer to transcribe or translate interviews at the Museum?
Yes, the Museum needs volunteers to transcribe and/or translate its oral testimonies. In addition to English-language oral testimonies, the Museum also has interviews in more than 30 languages. Please contact the volunteer office if you would like to volunteer to transcribe or translate interviews at the Museum. You do not need to be in Washington, DC, to volunteer as a transcriber or translator.
Can I produce interviews under the auspices of the Museum if I plan to donate them to you?
The Museum does accept donations of interviews conducted by private individuals; however, we do not allow individuals to conduct interviews on behalf of the Museum.
How do I purchase copies of oral history interviews, and what is the cost?
Depending on the rights or restrictions associated with each interview, it may be possible to obtain personal copies of an entire interview. All duplications are processed by a third-party vendor, and costs vary based on length of interview, format, and shipping preferences. To request a copy, please submit a research question.
Can I use US Holocaust Memorial Museum survivor testimonies in a for-profit production?
Many testimonies have restrictions against use in a for-profit production. Permission must be obtained from the Museum before any testimony may be used and can be requested at PermissionRequest@ushmm.org.
Do you have transcriptions available online?
Transcriptions for some interviews conducted by the Museum are available in the Museum’s online catalog.