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Wendy Lower, 2015 Yom HaShoah Scholar, Exposes German Women's Role in Holocaust

Wendy Lower has used the Visual History Archive to uncover how women contributed to the Nazi Party and helped perpetrate the crimes of the Holocaust.


Women Share Powerful Stories of Genocide Survival and Reconstruction

USC’s Human Rights and Genocide Awareness Week concluded last night with a moving discussion of women’s experiences during and after genocide, featuring survivors of the Guatemalan, Armenian and Rwandan Genocides.


Meet Valerie Mayzelshteyn

Valerie Mayzelshteyn has just completed a year as Professor Jeffrey Shandler’s research assistant, during which time she conducted valuable research for his upcoming projects in the Visual History Archive and learned lessons from Holocaust survivors that she will not soon forget.

  • Fellowships

    Learn about past and present fellowship recipients. Also, find out about upcoming fellowship opportunities.

  • Publications

    An ongoing list of 144 publications that have made use of the Institute's archive.

  • College Course Development

    In this section, you can access a table of current and past courses at several universities around the world that have used testimony from the Institute's archive. Also find resources for developing your own course using visual testimony.

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