Our mission is to develop empathy, understanding and respect through testimony.
Through our research and educational programs, the Institute harnesses the power of its archive of personal testimonies from witnesses to genocide in order to do our part to build a better world. (Photo: Edith Umugiraneza, a survivor of the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda; and George Weiss, a Holocaust survivor.)
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Museums, Memorials, and Memorializations after Atrocity - A Form of Ongiong Justice?
Start Time: 8:00 am PDT/11:00 am EDT/4:00 pm GMT End Time: 9:30 am PDT/12:30 pm EDT/5:30 pm GMT    …
  • July 8, 2020
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Jul
Connecting Communities: Resilience Through Art With The Memory Project Productions
1:00 PDT | 4:00 EDT | 6:00 AM AEST 9 July 1 Hour This webinar is developed for an educator, university, and community member audience. It is not intended for K-12 students.…
  • July 8, 2020
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25th Anniversary Commemoration of the Srebrenica Massacre
July 10th, 2020 - 4:30 PM PDT …
  • July 10, 2020
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This week, we pay tribute to the life and work of Ilia Salita, a key partner and friend to the Institute of many years.    
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 7:13pm
Liberation75 and USC Shoah Foundation partnered on a virtual student program, “Stories are Stronger than Hate: A Call to Action,” hosted by actor/director Mike Myers, with special guest Akim Aliu, Co-founder of Hockey Diversity Alliance, on Monday June 22. Through the personal narrative of Holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter and other stories, participants explored how stories create the possibility to learn about ourselves, about others and about how we can affect the change we want to see in our communities right now.
Monday, June 29, 2020 - 7:00am
June 19, also known as Juneteenth, commemorates the day in 1865 when slavery ended in America - more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Lincoln. It is a day of commemoration and celebration of African American history and heritage, but also a day of reflection.
Friday, June 19, 2020 - 7:36am
Storytelling
“You can’t just close your eyes and pretend that the history goes away,” says Mickey Shapiro the eldest son of two Holocaust survivors who just finished a four-year-long journey to create a film about his mother’s story. “I am stuck with this for life, but I think it makes me more motivated. When you hear a story like that from your parents, you want to make things better.”
Friday, June 5, 2020 - 7:06pm
The young woman stares at me as I wait to press play on the video. Her eyes are dark and her lips are pursed. You can see a bit of her thick black hair which is matted beneath an off-white, or perhaps a light-pink scarf. It is hard to tell the exact color in the shadowed room.
Monday, June 1, 2020 - 1:09pm
“I am ashamed to say this,” Ursula said to me. We were sitting in her lovely Los Angeles home in the middle of the day on a Saturday in February. All the lights in her house were off, but the blue skies outside graced her face, her 90-year-old wrinkles defined. “I was so stupid to believe that when Hitler died, that the world would come to the end.”
Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - 11:40am
Together We Are Stronger Than Hate
Stronger Than Hate, an initiative that draws on the power of eyewitness testimony to help students and the general public recognize and counter antisemitism, racism, xenophobia and other forms of hatred.
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