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 5,916 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 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 Memory and Justice Jewish Studies 2007 Winter Silvia Cresti
Freie Universität Berlin Historical learning History 2009 Summer Christine Gundermann
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 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 Teaching History II History 2011 Summer Martin Lücke
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 The Vexed Memory: Comparison of WWII Remembrance after 1945 History 2011 Summer Arndt Bauerkämper
Freie Universität Berlin Selected Topics on the History of Public Communication: Image-Text Journalism History 2007 Winter Bernd Sösemann
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 Transnational Migration and Interwoven History Latin American Studies 2007 Winter Franka Bendemagel, Birgit zur Nienden
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 "Spielberg" Film Studies 2008 Summer Bernhard Gross
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
Freie Universität Berlin Cinema for Historians: History in Film History 2008 Summer Ina Ulrike Paul
Freie Universität Berlin History Still Smoking? Introduction to the Teaching of History Education 2009 Winter Martin Lücke
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 Contemporary Jewish History: Jewish Berlin - Module Jewish Studies 2008 Summer Klaus Herrmann
Freie Universität Berlin Jewish Berlin Jewish Studies 2009 Winter Klaus Herrmann
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 European Cultures of Remembrance in Comparison Political Science 2008 Spring Edith Pichler
Freie Universität Berlin Learning about the History of the Holocaust in Memorials: Planning and realization of a school field trip to the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial Education 2009 Winter Juliane Brauer
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 Image and Text Sources in Competence-Oriented History Classes History 2008 Summer Martin Lücke
Freie Universität Berlin National Socialism in Germany and Its Consequences: Sinti and Roma under National Socialism and Photography of the Holocaust Sociology 2009 Winter Helgard Kramer-Washington
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 National Socialism in Germany and It's Consequences Sociology 2008 Summer Helgard Kramer
Freie Universität Berlin Politics and Conflicts of Memory. Ways of Dealing with the Two World Wars in Europe History 2009 Winter Oliver Janz
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 Qualitative Research Methodologies in the Social Sciences Political Science 2008 Summer Sabine Pokorny
Freie Universität Berlin Propaganda in National Socialism History 2009 Winter Bernd Sösemann
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 Testimonies and Memorial Pedagogy Political Science 2008 Summer Christian Geissler Jagodzinski, Katharina Obens
Freie Universität Berlin Studying History in Film: Cultural Perspectives and Methodology History 2009 Winter Martin Lücke, Christine Gundermann

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