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 Restitution of Nazi Injustice Public History 2012 Winter Christiane Kuller
Freie Universität Berlin 'The Witness in the Preserve' - Witnesses in Media Presentation Public History 2013 Summer Irmgard Zündorf
Freie Universität Berlin Book Project – Metal Workers in the Resistance and in Exile Political Science 2007 Winter Siegfried Mielke, Stefan Heinz
Freie Universität Berlin Jewish Berlin Jewish Studies 2014 Summer Klaus Herrmann
Freie Universität Berlin Theory, Methodology & History of the Science of History History 2008 Winter Oliver Janz
Freie Universität Berlin Politics and Conflicts of Memory. Ways of Dealing with the Two World Wars in Europe History 2010 Winter Arndt Bauerkämper
Freie Universität Berlin The Church and the Holocaust Catholic Theology 2012 Winter Markus Thurau
Freie Universität Berlin Dealing with the National Socialist Past in Europe 1945-1990 History 2007 Winter Arndt Bauerkämper
Freie Universität Berlin Jewish Biographies Between Assimilation and Cosmopolitanism Jewish Studies 2014 Summer Silvana Greco
Freie Universität Berlin Research Tools for Jewish Studies Researchers Jewish Studies 2008 Winter Klaus Herrmann
Freie Universität Berlin Theory and practice of video work in political education Political Science 2010 Winter Katharina Zeuner
Freie Universität Berlin The Holocaust - Introduction to History and Literature for Young Readers Institute for German and Dutch Philology 2012 Winter Fabian Wendler
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 Childhood and Youth in Poland During the Holocaust History 2014 Summer Agnieszka Wieters-Wierzcholska
Freie Universität Berlin War and War Memories in Modern European History History 2008 Winter Oliver Janz
Freie Universität Berlin Jewish Berlin Jewish Studies 2011 Winter Klaus Herrmann
Freie Universität Berlin The Holocaust in Sources Education 2012 Winter Lars Deile
Freie Universität Berlin The Memories of Jewish survivors of the Holocaust in the Visual Archive of the USC Shoah Foundation Catholic Theology 2012 Winter Verena-Lucia Nägel, Doris Tausenfreund
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 Oral History in the German-Polish History History 2014 Summer Roland Borchers
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 Jewish Identity in the Modern Era Jewish Studies 2011 Winter Klaus Herrmann
Freie Universität Berlin Research Tools for Jewish Studies Researchers Jewish Studies 2012 Winter Klaus Herrmann
Freie Universität Berlin History in Moving Pictures: Films as Source and Medium History 2007 Winter Uwe Puschner, Johannes Zechner
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 Migration between Inclusion and Exclusion: Immigration in Germany and Italy Political Science 2011 Summer Edith Pichler
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 Biographical Research and Oral History History 2009 Summer Patrick Merzinger
Freie Universität Berlin National Socialism in Germany and Its Consequences: Racial Hygiene and Medical Experiments of SS Doctors in Auschwitz Sociology 2011 Summer Helgard Kramer-Washington
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 Personal Testimony and Remembrance Culture Concerning National Socialism History 2011 Summer Sabine Grenz, Lars Deile
Freie Universität Berlin Positions of Jewish Remebrance in the 20th Century Institute for German and Dutch Philology 2011 Summer Irmela von der Lühe
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 Teaching History II History 2011 Summer Martin Lücke
Freie Universität Berlin Policy of Extermination: The Nazi Genocide of European Jews Political Science 2007 Winter Hajo Funke, Johannes Tuchel
Freie Universität Berlin Jewish Berlin Jewish Studies 2009 Summer Klaus Herrmann
Freie Universität Berlin The Vexed Memory: Comparison of WWII Remembrance after 1945 History 2011 Summer Arndt Bauerkämper
Freie Universität Berlin Qualitative Research Methodologies in Political Science Political Science 2007 Winter Sabine Pokorny
Freie Universität Berlin National Socialism in Germany and It's Consequences Sociology 2009 Summer Helgard Kramer-Washington
Freie Universität Berlin Testimony in Film: The Relevance for the Culture of Remebrance in Germany Political Science 2009 Summer Verena-Lucia Nägel
Freie Universität Berlin "Wider die Unmoral des Zeitvergehens" - Political Journalism after 1945 Journalism and Communication Science 2011 Winter Birte Hewera
Freie Universität Berlin Selected Topics on the History of Public Communication: Image-Text Journalism History 2007 Winter Bernd Sösemann
Freie Universität Berlin The Holocaust as a Subject for History Teaching and the Teaching of History Education 2009 Summer Martin Lücke
Freie Universität Berlin Conflicts in Memory: Narratives of World War II in Europe after 1945 History 2011 Winter Arndt Bauerkämper
Freie Universität Berlin Transnational Migration and Interwoven History Latin American Studies 2007 Winter Franka Bendemagel, Birgit zur Nienden
Freie Universität Berlin What Christians can learn from Judaism! Impetus for new ways of teaching Catholic Theology 2009 Summer Michael Brinkhoff
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

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