Leslie Swift

Leslie Swift has worked at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for almost 20 years, first in the Photo Archives and then in the Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive, which houses the Museum’s extensive collection of archival film from the Holocaust period. Since October 2014 she has served as Chief of the Film, Oral History, and Recorded Sound branch. She has performed archival research and acquisitions work in Germany, Austria, the UK, Russia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and the United States, and facilitated the acquisition of dozens of unique amateur films for the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s collections. Together with Lindsay Zarwell, she co-authored an article about the Museum’s amateur film collections in “Abenteuer Alltag. Zur Archäologie des Amateurfilms” (2015), and a book chapter in “The Construction of Testimony: Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah and Its Outtakes” (2020) detailing the years-long preservation work that has led to the wide accessibility of the Claude Lanzmann SHOAH Collection. Leslie Swift has an undergraduate degree in history from Elmira College and a master’s degree in American Studies from the George Washington University.

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

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

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

Participation in Videos

Thirty Years On: Considering Liberation Exhibits at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Monday, 09.05.2022

Film and Oral History expert
US Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW, 20024-2126 Washington, DC – USA