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USC Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archive: North Africa 1940-43

Introduction to and description of USC Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archive

Algiers: Vichy French Headquarters for North Africa 1940-43

Algiers Harbor
Licensed under CC by 2.0; created by Damien Boilley (France) 25 August 2005; downloaded from Wikimedia Commons.

North Africa and Middle East Project

Through the North Africa and Middle East Project, USC Shoah Foundation is integrating into the Visual History Archive some fifty Holocaust testimonies from North Africa (much of it administered by Vichy France) and the Middle East, regions to which the Nazi régime had varying degrees of access during World War II.

USC Shoah Foundation collected the first four narratives in May of 2014 and is raising funds to begin phase two, in which it plans to record twenty more. The testimonies in this project will underscore features of North African Jewish communities and culture. The terrible danger many North African Jews faced because of the Axis presence in North Africa links this community profoundly to the Jewish experience during the European Holocaust.