Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive

The online catalog provides access to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive. The Archive serves as a comprehensive informational and archival resource worldwide for moving image materials pertaining to the Holocaust and related aspects of World War II. Staff continue to locate, acquire, preserve, and document historical film footage from sources throughout the United States and abroad. The collection can be searched by subject, title, source, copyright, keyword, language, location, event date, and genre.

We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of information in this database. However, any and all liability which may arise from your use of and reliance on the information contained here is excluded.

Archival Holdings

1,018 hours of motion picture footage, dating primarily from the 1920s to 1948, covering

  • Prewar Jewish and Roma/Sinti (Gypsy) life
  • Germany in the 1920s and 1930s
  • Nazi rise to power
  • Persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany and occupied Europe
  • Nazi racial science and propaganda
  • Internment camps
  • Deportations of Jews to ghettos and concentration camps
  • Refugees
  • Resistance movements
  • Liberation of Nazi concentration camps
  • Displaced persons camps
  • Postwar war crimes trials, including Nuremberg and the 1961 trial of Adolf Eichmann
  • American responses to the events in Europe from 1933-1945

9 hours of film and video programming directly related to the creation of the Museum’s Permanent Exhibition.

220 hours of outtakes from Claude Lanzmann’s film Shoah, featuring Holocaust survivor testimonies.


Working with several prominent motion picture facilities, the Archive preserves its unique 8mm, 9.5mm, 16mm, and 35mm film holdings by cleaning and repairing the originals, copying them to polyester-based film stock, and transferring the new films to video for research and reference use. All film and video elements in the collection are stored offsite in temperature and humidity controlled vaults to ensure their continued safety and longevity.


Viewings of video copies take place by appointment between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM Monday to Friday at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Inquiries are welcome by letter, phone, fax, or e-mail.

The Archive is not equipped or staffed to supply copies of archival materials directly to users. If footage is in the public domain and has no rights restrictions, we can facilitate duplication of master material via a local video studio at the requestor’s expense. Images that are not in the public domain must be cleared with the rights holder by the requestor before duplication. Read the procedures for duplication.

To the web site

Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive, USHMM
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW
Washington, DC 20024-2126
Phone: 202-488-6104
Fax: 202-314-7820
E-mail: %20filmvideo [at] ushmm [dot] org

Source: web site USHMM


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