Blog: Through Testimony

Posts are contributed by individual authors. The opinions are solely the authors’ and are not necessarily a reflection of the views of USC Shoah Foundation.

By Nicole Farage (May 20, 2014)

The Holocaust has always been a topic close to my heart. Not only because I am Jewish and Israeli, but also because I’ve been learning about the Holocaust since my childhood.

By Roza Petrosyan (May 2, 2014)

When I was a child, my grandfather often told me about the Second World War. While he sat next to me, coloring or teaching me letters of the alphabet, he would sneak in a story about his days in the Soviet army.

By Syuzanna Petrosyan (April 29, 2014)

A few weeks ago I went shopping at one of my favorite bookstores in Los Angeles. However, I wasn’t picking out a few books that would sit on my metro-read shelf.

By Stephen Smith (April 22, 2014)

Historical memory is dangerous. In times of crisis, its demons emerge, ugly, toxic, and potentially lethal. We saw it in Donetsk last week.

By Ulrika Citron (April 21, 2014)

In April 1994, the genocide of the Rwandan Tutsis officially began, even though the persecution and killing campaign had gone on for decades. In 100 days, close to 1 million women, children and men were slaughtered and tortured to death with machetes, metal sticks and knives.

By Orli Robin (April 3, 2014)

As a writer fascinated by literary and political theory on history and memory, I watched students from Camino Nuevo High School interview Holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter while I sat in awe witnessing the past and future intersect before my eyes.

By Douglas Greenberg (March 31, 2014)

In the spring of 2000, I agreed to become the president and chief executive officer of Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, the predecessor of USC Shoah Foundation - The Institute for Visual History and Education.

By Stephen Smith (March 28, 2014)

Pinchas Gutter sits in a red chair surrounded by bright green fabric under the glare of several thousand LED lights, 53 cameras capturing his every move. This is the world's first ever full-life history captured in true 3-D.

By Ivana Hajičová (March 24, 2014)

On the day the Visual History Archive access site in Prague - the Malach Center for Visual History - was inaugurated I decided that my school, Archbishop High School in Prague, could not ignore it.

By Douglas Greenberg (March 17, 2014)

Over the last six weeks, I have had the unique opportunity to be the Senior Fellow at USC Shoah Foundation - The Institute for Visual History and Education. It’s been an honor for me to be here, especially since I led the Institute between 2000 and 2008.

By Leticia Villasenor (March 5, 2014)

The other morning I checked the BBC News website like I always do only to discover that French film director Alain Resnais had passed away at the age of ninety-one.

By Stephen Smith (February 10, 2014)

I did not sleep well last night. It was not the kind of sleeplessness brought on by jet lag, stress or workload. It is best described as a kind of numbness that leaves one physically discharged, emotionally drained and deeply troubled.

By Claudia Wiedeman (February 5, 2014)

I first learned about Helena Horowitz’s life history when I found her testimony as I searched through the archive in IWitness the Institute’s educational website featuring the testimonies of survivors and other witnesses to the Holocaust and other genoci

By Stephen Smith (January 27, 2014)

The recent New York Times article, The Shroud over Rwanda's Nightmare (January 9, 2014), had me perplexed at first.

By Amy Carnes (January 24, 2014)

The word journey comes to the English language from the Old French jornee, meaning a day, or, by extension, a day’s labor or travel.  This word, which we normally associate with something pleasant, takes on a different meaning when placed in conversation with the word Holocaust. 

By Josh Grossberg (January 13, 2014)

The email wasn’t so different from many others I’ve received since I started working at the USC Shoah Foundation last summer.

By Stephen Smith (December 23, 2013)

The Cold War began its thaw 25 years ago, then apparently melted sufficiently for us to get on with our lives without fear. Surprisingly, the slow thaw is still in progress.

By Stephen Smith (December 20, 2013)

Benjamin Murmelstein was the first person Claude Lanzmann interviewed on his epic journey that led to what eventually became his definitive film, “Shoah.”

By Nora Snyder (December 18, 2013)

When I tell my fellow USC students that I’m the president of an organization called SFISA, it’s usually safe to assume that 90% of them have no idea what it is.

By Stephen Smith (December 13, 2013)

As I write this, I am standing alongside 30 of the last 200 survivors of the Nanjing Massacre, which began 76 years ago Friday.

By Hrag Yedalian (December 10, 2013)

“Time heals all wounds,” they say.

By Josh Grossberg (December 8, 2013)

Growing up, it wasn’t terribly unusual to see people in our house with telltale tattoos on their arms.

By Stephen Smith (December 5, 2013)

Sid Shachnow has two Silver Stars, three Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts -- and that's just for his service in Vietnam, where he led his troops with courage and distinction.

By Stephen Smith (December 3, 2013)

Let's just say I throw my smartphone over the wall into the Warsaw ghetto. Along with it, I send instructions to make a video diary until the battery drains, then to wrap it in lots of newspaper before throwing it back.

By Dan Leshem (December 1, 2013)

Shortly after I saw Schindler’s List for the first time, I had an argument with my father about the value of such Hollywood blockbusters for teaching people about the Holocaust.

By Stephen Smith (November 26, 2013)

Steven Spielberg was awarded this year's Records of Achievement Award by the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

By Stephen Smith (November 21, 2013)

Mohammed Dajani teaches about the Holocaust to Palestinians although he insists it is impossible to do so.

By Deanna Hendrick (November 19, 2013)

Welcome to Through Testimony, the official blog of USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education.

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