Using the Testimonies

Clips from select testimonies may be streamed through the online catalogue and records discovered through Advanced Search and Browse. The number of testimonies available for viewing online depends on permissions and restrictions for each testimony recording. Please contact VHEC Collections staff to inquire about testimonies that have not been made available online but are accessible for viewing on-site.

Time-coded narratives are a research and navigational tool intended to serve as a textual accompaniment to the video recording and a supplement to the catalogue record. They are not a substitute or replacement for viewing the testimony itself and are not a transcript of the recording. The narratives summarize the content of the testimony with sufficient details and context to enable users to judge relevance, length and level of detail for specific portions of the testimony. 

Photo identification must be presented and registration is required prior to accessing materials in the Archives, Museum and Holocaust Testimony collections. A semi-private viewing station is available for users wishing to view testimony recordings at the VHEC. Collections staff will be available to answer research questions and to help users navigate the VHEC's cross-collection database.

While testimonies contain personal reflections on daily life, viewers may encounter details and recollections pertaining to Nazism, racism and genocide that may be upsetting or triggering. Some testimonies contain more graphic content than others. Visitors are encouraged to be aware of their emotional and physical responses when viewing material in the collection. Take breaks when needed.

Learn more about using testimony in the classroom here: Testimonies in the Classroom.

Find more information about Planning a Research Visit and the Use and Licensing of materials in the VHEC Collection. 


Holocaust testimonies, their catalogue records and time-coded summaries should be cited whether they are quoted directly or paraphrased. All references to interviewees used within a publication should be constructed as follows: First name Surname initial (ex: Rita A. was born May 21, 1931 in Romania).

The following are recommended citations for testimonies in the VHEC collection. These should be consulted in concert with whichever style manual is being used (APA, MLA, Chicago/Turbian) to ensure citations are formatted correctly. See the basic templates below for guidance:

Title of testimony. (Object ID). Time code (HH:MM:SS). Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, Vancouver, BC, Canada. [url/permalink] 

Example: Rita A. testimony 1984 [video recording]. (RA8408_04_VA). 1:30:40-1:33:35. Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Title of testimony. (Object ID). Time-coded summary, page number. Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, Vancouver, BC, Canada. [url/permalink] 

Example: Rita A. testimony 1984 [video recording]. (RA8408_04_VA). Time-coded summary, page 6. Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, Vancouver, BC, Canada.