Blog: Through Testimony

Make it Happen – The Women of the Visual History Archive

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 4:06pm -- deanna.pitre

Contributor: Deanna Hendrick

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 4:06pm

International Women's Day

To commemorate International Women’s Day, March 8, 2015, listen to the testimonies of 10 amazing women from the Visual History Archive who all “made it happen,” from standing up to injustice to saving lives during the Holocaust to preserving the memories of genocide victims and many other courageous acts.

Helen Fagin on Education in the Ghetto

Language: English

Helen Fagin discusses her efforts and risk to educate fellow ghetto inhabitants in the Radomsko ghetto in Poland.

  • Helen Fagin on Education in the Ghetto

    Language: English

    Helen Fagin discusses her efforts and risk to educate fellow ghetto inhabitants in the Radomsko ghetto in Poland.

  • Elizabeth Holtzman on passing legislation expelling Nazis

    Language: English

    Former United States Representative Elizabeth Holtzman describes her experience on writing and passing legislation in 1978 to expel the Nazi war criminals who, to her surprise, had immigrated to the United States.

  • Éva Székely recalls the 1972 Olympics in Munich

    Language: Hungarian

    In this clip, Éva Székely recall meeting the trainer for the Israeli wrestling team during the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany, the night before the Israeli delegation were held hostage.

  • Valerie Nyirarudodo on forgiveness

    Language: Kinyarwanda

    Valerie Nyirarudodo says she has forgiven the perpetrators of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda who have asked for it, and encourages others to follow the same path.

  • Anita Lasker-Wallfisch on the Auschwitz camp orchestra

    Language: English

    Anita Lasker-Wallfisch remembers when she was selected to be in the Auschwitz camp orchestra and when the orchestra would play for the SS.

  • Johtje Vos on her decision to help Jewish people

    Language: English

    Johtje Vos reflects on her decision to help hide Jews during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. Throughout the war Johtje and her husband, Aart, housed 32 Jews, although never more than 14 at the same time. In 1982 both Johtje and Aart were recognized as Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem for risking their own lives to save the lives of others.

  • Celina Biniaz on life after the Holocaust

    Language: English

    Celina Biniaz speaks on the importance of educating others to stand up to bigotry and fight intolerance. She reflects on how she has implemented those teachings in her career as an educator and also as a mother and grandmother.

  • Francoise Muteteli on preserving the memory of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda

    Language: English

    Francoise Muteteli describes how her work at a Rwandan Genocide memorial is helping preserve the memory of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.

  • Ruth Brand on resistance

    Language: English

     

    Ruth Brand talks about the decision to fast on Yom Kippur—also known as the Day of Atonement—in Auschwitz II-Birkenau as a form of resistance.

     

     

  • Guixiang Chen on peace

    Language: Mandarin

    Nanjing Massacre survivor Guixiang Chen reflects on speaking to Japanese students about her experience and the students react to her testimony.

On March 8, 2015 there will be events all over the world celebrating the achievements of women for International Women’s Day. This year’s theme Make it Happen encourages action for advancing women’s rights and also recognizing the incredible and courageous work women do in various industries throughout the world.

To commemorate International Women’s Day we are featuring 10 amazing woman from the Visual History Archive who all “made it happen,” from standing up to injustice to saving lives during the Holocaust to preserving the memories of genocide victims and many other courageous acts.

These are only 10 of the over 27,000 women in the Visual History Archive. So we challenge you to not only watch more testimony from the Archive but to share these incredible stories of resistance, courage and resilience.

Help celebrate International Women’s Day by joining the conversation with #MakeItHappen or #IWD2015 on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

International Women's Day 2015

 

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About Deanna Hendrick

Social Media Marketing Specialist Deanna Hendrick joined the communication team at  USC Shoah Foundation in July 2013.  Deanna graduated cum laude with a BA in Journalism and a Spanish minor from California State University, Long Beach. In 2017 she received a Masters in Communication Management at USC Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism.

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