The first interviews of oral history within IICCR were carried out starting with 2006. During the following year, an extensive project was initiated with the objective of interviewing former political prisoners from all over the country regarding their experiences from prison. The project ended in 2013 with the completion of over 190 interviews, numerous studies and the publication of 6 volumes of interviews at Polirom Publishing.
Furthermore, the researchers with the Institute carried out several other interviews on various topics concerning the communist period which were reunited in studies, volumes, films, websites, educational materials, etc. Currently, the oral history archive comprises more than 450 interviews.