United States Holocaust Memorial Museum


A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. The Museum strives to broaden public understanding of the history of the Holocaust and serves as the country’s memorial to the millions of people murdered by the Nazi regime and its allies and collaborators. It is America’s national institution for the documentation, study, interpretation and education of Holocaust history.
The Museum’s National Institute for Holocaust Documentation houses an unparalleled repository of Holocaust evidence that documents the fate of victims, survivors, rescuers, liberators, and others. Its unique collections, especially its Film and Video Archive, the Oral History collection as well as its Photo Archives are eminently important as a starting point for archival research.
The Museum has a long-standing partnership with the Austrian Film Museum and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Digital History, leading to joint projects such as “Ephemeral Films: National Socialism in Austria” (2011–2016), and the film retrospective “Bilder der Befreiung. Liberation Footage – Atrocity Pictures” (May 2015) in Vienna.

Role in the Project

With its vast collections, its unparalleled expertise in many fields of curation and education, its outstanding Film and Video Archive, and the dedication of its staff, the Museum is a key partner of the project on many levels.

Team Members

Leslie Swift

Film and Oral History expert

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Lindsay Zarwell

Film expert

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Participation in Events

Pre-Kick-off Meeting


Friday, 19.10.2018, 09:15 to Saturday, 20.10.2018, 18:00

Kick-off Meeting


Wednesday, 27.02.2019, 09:15 to Friday, 01.03.2019, 20:00

Advanced Digitization


Wednesday, 20.03.2019, 09:30 to Friday, 22.03.2019, 16:00

Consortium Meeting


Tuesday, 23.02.2021, 15:00 to Wednesday, 24.02.2021, 19:00

Unfolding the Visual History of the Holocaust through American Liberation Footage


Thursday, 08.04.2021, 13:00 to Thursday, 08.04.2021, 14:30

VHH Research Seminar – Session 5: Soviet Filmed Atrocity Images on American Movie Screens, 1942–1945, and Some Partial Answers to the Questions of What, When, Where and By Whom?

Research Seminar

Tuesday, 15.06.2021, 18:00 to Tuesday, 15.06.2021, 20:00

Reconsidering Representations of the Holocaust – Digital Curation, Evidence and Remembrance Through the VHH Project


Tuesday, 12.10.2021, 16:00 to Tuesday, 12.10.2021, 17:30

VHH Research Seminar – Session 6: Towards a Forensic Cinema

Research Seminar

Tuesday, 26.10.2021, 16:00 to Tuesday, 26.10.2021, 18:00

VHH Research Seminar – Session 10: Between Fiction and History: Ethical Questions during the Historical Research for Son of Saul

Research Seminar

Thursday, 28.04.2022, 16:00 to Thursday, 28.04.2022, 18:00

Moving Images from the Archives. Historical Footage of Nazi Crimes in Documentaries


Sunday, 08.05.2022, 18:00 to Tuesday, 10.05.2022, 17:00