College Course Development

Case Study Highlight: The Visual History Archive in the Classroom

Faculty Name:
Colin Keaveney, Assistant Professor, French and Italian
Institution Name:
University of Southern California

Professor Keaveney’s upper level French course explores themes of love, loss, collective and personal memory, and modernity through readings of French literary texts, theoretical readings, films, poems, and songs. One of the texts used in the class is the French novel Dora Bruder, which tells the story of a young girl who was sent to Auschwitz. The book combines different aspects of memory, loss, life, chronology, and French history, and reconstructs what the girl’s life may have been like, even though very little is known about her.

List of courses taught around the world using archive testimony

A total of 616 courses at 59 universities have drawn upon the Institute’s testimonies in more than 25 academic disciplines. The courses demonstrate the range of topics and themes that the Institute’s archive of video testimonies can help illuminate. Use the table below to see what the trends are for testimony-enhanced courses taught at colleges and universities around the world.

Institution Course Title Department/Discipline Term Instructor
Freie Universität Berlin The Vexed Memory: Comparison of WWII Remembrance after 1945 History 2011 Summer Arndt Bauerkämper
Freie Universität Berlin Present Pasts: Memory and Cultural Identity English Language and Literature 2007 Summer Anja Schwarz
Freie Universität Berlin Practical Teacher Training Education 2008 Winter Martin Lücke
Freie Universität Berlin "Wider die Unmoral des Zeitvergehens" - Political Journalism after 1945 Journalism and Communication Science 2011 Winter Birte Hewera
Freie Universität Berlin Qualitative Research Methodologies in the Social Sciences Political Science 2007 Summer Sabine Pokorny
Freie Universität Berlin Remembering + Narrating = History? Introduction to Theories of History History 2008 Winter Christine Gundermann
Freie Universität Berlin Conflicts in Memory: Narratives of World War II in Europe after 1945 History 2011 Winter Arndt Bauerkämper
Freie Universität Berlin Shoah and "Visual History" East European Studies 2007 Summer Gertrud Pickhan
Freie Universität Berlin Remembrance-Memories-Commemoration: The Analysis of National Socialism after 1945 Sociology 2008 Winter Christina Herkommer
Freie Universität Berlin Journalistic Discourse after Auschwitz Journalism and Communication Science 2011 Winter Birte Hewera
Freie Universität Berlin Eyewitness and Drama Queen: Film as a Historical Source for U.S. History North American Studies 2009 Winter Gudrun Löhrer
Freie Universität Berlin The Women’s Concentration Camp, Ravensbrück: A European Memorial Site History 2007 Summer Anne Kwaschik
Freie Universität Berlin Representations of the Holocaust in Literature and Film Communication Science 2008 Winter Falko Schmieder
Freie Universität Berlin Migrations to and from Latin America, 1850-2000 History 2011 Winter Michael Goebel
Freie Universität Berlin Jewish Identity in the Modern Era Jewish Studies 2011 Summer Klaus Herrmann
Freie Universität Berlin Visual History: Cinematic Staging Forms of History Film Studies 2007 Summer Judith Keilbach
Freie Universität Berlin The I of Others – First-Person Historical Documents and Learning Education 2008 Winter Martin Lücke
Freie Universität Berlin Nation, Identity and Memorial Cultures: Italy and Germany in Comparison Political Science 2011 Winter Edith Pichler
Freie Universität Berlin Expelled! Polish Jews Deported out of Berlin in 1938 East European Studies 2014 Winter Gertrud Pickhan, Alina Bothe
Freie Universität Berlin Book Project – Metal Workers in the Resistance and in Exile Political Science 2007 Winter Siegfried Mielke, Stefan Heinz
Freie Universität Berlin Theory, Methodology & History of the Science of History History 2008 Winter Oliver Janz
Freie Universität Berlin Practical History History 2011 Winter Irmgard Zündorf
Freie Universität Berlin Jewish Identity in the Modern Era: The Jewish Berlin Jewish Studies 2015 Summer Klaus Herrmann
Freie Universität Berlin Dealing with the National Socialist Past in Europe 1945-1990 History 2007 Winter Arndt Bauerkämper
Freie Universität Berlin Research Tools for Jewish Studies Researchers Jewish Studies 2008 Winter Klaus Herrmann
Freie Universität Berlin The Church and the Holocaust Catholic Theology 2011 Winter Markus Thurau
Freie Universität Berlin Research Tools for Jewish Studies Researchers Jewish Studies 2015 Summer Klaus Herrmann
Freie Universität Berlin Developing an Internet Exhibition: Political Prisoners in the Concentration Camp Oranienburg Political Science 2007 Winter Siegfried Mielke, Günter Morsch
Freie Universität Berlin War and War Memories in Modern European History History 2008 Winter Oliver Janz
Freie Universität Berlin Who Testifies for the Witnesses? Perspectives of Work with Survivors of National Socialism Political Science 2008 Winter Katharina Obens, Tanja Seider
Freie Universität Berlin Tolerance in Conflict Jewish Studies 2011 Winter Klaus Herrmann
Freie Universität Berlin Places of Remembrance on National Socialism in Berlin Berlin and Germany Studies for International Guest Students 2015 Summer Klaus Herrmann
Freie Universität Berlin Evaluation of Material and Documents on the History of the Second World War in Germany and Central Europe Political Science 2007 Winter Johannes Schlootz
Freie Universität Berlin Between Extermination, Breeding and High Performance Ideology. Social and Population Policy in Nazi Germany History 2009 Summer Thomas Beddies
Freie Universität Berlin Research Tools for Jewish Studies Researchers Jewish Studies 2011 Winter Klaus Herrmann
Freie Universität Berlin Conveying History in the Internet Public History 2015 Summer Christine Bartlitz
Freie Universität Berlin History in Moving Pictures: Films as Source and Medium History 2007 Winter Uwe Puschner, Johannes Zechner
Freie Universität Berlin Biographical Research and Oral History History 2009 Summer Patrick Merzinger
Freie Universität Berlin Book Project – Political Prisoners in the Oranienburdg and Sachsenhausen camps Political Science 2012 Summer Siegfried Mielke, Stefan Heinz
Freie Universität Berlin The Expelling of Polish Jews out of Berlin in 1938. History of Experiences, Archive Research, Making Visible East European Studies 2015 Summer Gertrud Pickhan, Alina Bothe
Freie Universität Berlin Introduction to Cultural Studies II: Remembering WWII and the Holocaust—Representations and Practices in British Culture Institute for English Philology 2007 Winter Zeno Ackermann
Freie Universität Berlin Lifestories and Collective Memory ("Visual History Archive" of the Shoah Foundation Institute) Institute for German and Dutch Philology 2007 Winter Irmela von der Lühe
Freie Universität Berlin Germany, the Holocaust and Europe Political Science 2009 Summer Götz Aly
Freie Universität Berlin Dawn of Modernism. The History of Reform Judaism Jewish Studies 2012 Summer Klaus Herrmann
Freie Universität Berlin Research Tools for Jewish Studies Researchers Jewish Studies 2015 Winter Klaus Herrmann
Freie Universität Berlin Memory and Justice Jewish Studies 2007 Winter Silvia Cresti
Freie Universität Berlin Historical learning History 2009 Summer Christine Gundermann
Freie Universität Berlin Jewish Berlin Jewish Studies 2012 Summer Klaus Herrmann
Freie Universität Berlin Jewish Identity in the Modern Era: The Jewish Berlin Jewish Studies 2015 Winter Klaus Herrmann
Freie Universität Berlin Policy of Extermination: The Nazi Genocide of European Jews Political Science 2007 Winter Hajo Funke, Johannes Tuchel

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