In 1994, after filming Schindler's List, Steven Spielberg established the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation with an urgent mission: to chronicle before it is too late the firsthand accounts of Holocaust survivors and witnesses. The Foundation has videotaped over 51,000 testimonies.
The Library is honored to offer on site access to 28 of those videos from survivors and witnesses who gave testimony in South Carolina between 1994 and 1998. In each testimony, the interviewee speaks about his or her life before, during, and after the war, guided by questions from a Shoah Foundation interviewer. This collection comprises the first regional collection of Shoah Foundation testimonies available for viewing at a public library in the United States and is housed on the 2nd floor of the Main Library.
In order to view a testimony on site, please come to the Reference Desk on the 2nd floor where a librarian will assist you in selecting a video based on your interests and needs. You will need to provide identification. Acceptable forms of identification include a Charleston County Public Library card, a driver's license, or a school identification card. The I.D. will be retained at the Reference Desk while you are viewing the video(s) and returned once all tapes have been received. Tapes are also availble for check out. Parents, please use judgement when viewing with children.
The Reference staff welcomes the opportunity to assist the public with their research and questions during all library hours. A computer workstation dedicated to Holocaust-related databases and Internet access is also available in the Holocaust Collection area on the 2nd floor. In addition, the Main Library reference staff is available to guide interested patrons who want to find Web sites that address the Holocaust experience. Periodical databases and interlibrary loan services are also provided.