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 630 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 Research Tools for Jewish Studies Researchers Jewish Studies 2009 Winter Klaus Herrmann
Freie Universität Berlin On the Representation of History: Memory Cultures in Europe after 1945 History 2013 Winter Arnd Bauerkämper
Freie Universität Berlin Tools of the Trade for Jewish Studies Researchers Judaism 2014 Winter Klaus Herrmann
Freie Universität Berlin Contemporary Jewish History: Jewish Berlin - Module Jewish Studies 2006 Winter Klaus Herrmann
Freie Universität Berlin Italy and Germany: Similarities and Differences Political Science 2010 Winter Edith Pichler
Freie Universität Berlin Between Zeitgeist and Propaganda: Testimonies & Documents on the National Socialist Era Political Science 2008 Winter Johannes Schlootz
Freie Universität Berlin Introduction to Didactics of German German Philology 2012 Winter Florian Urschel Sochaczewski
Freie Universität Berlin History in Practice Public History 2013 Winter Irmgard Zündorf
Freie Universität Berlin Remembrance and Public History - History Cultures in Israel and Germany Didactics of History 2014 Winter Martin Gap
Freie Universität Berlin Contemporary Jewish History: Jewish Berlin - Module Jewish Studies 2007 Summer Klaus Herrmann
Freie Universität Berlin National Socialism in Germany and its consequences: Sinti and Roma under National Socialism Sociology 2010 Winter Helgard Kramer-Washington
Freie Universität Berlin Culture, Gender, Media II: Visual Cultures English Language and Literature 2008 Winter Sabine Schülting
Freie Universität Berlin Introduction to Didactics of German German Philology 2012 Winter Marcus Schotte
Freie Universität Berlin Introduction to Didactics of German Institute for German and Dutch Philology 2013 Winter Marcus Sshotte
Freie Universität Berlin History in Practice Public History 2014 Winter Irmgard Zuendorf
Freie Universität Berlin Cultures of Commemoration and European Identity: Italy and Germany Compared Political Science 2007 Summer Edith Pichler
Freie Universität Berlin Oral History. Introduction to methods and techniques of historical research East European Studies 2010 Winter Roland Borchers
Freie Universität Berlin Holocaust in Eastern Europe: History and Remembrance East European Studies, History 2008 Winter Gertrud Pickhan, Gerhard Wolf
Freie Universität Berlin Jewish Berlin in Film Jewish Studies 2012 Winter Klaus Herrmann
Freie Universität Berlin Forgotten Places - Places of Memory Beyond Political History and Memorable Cultural Canonization Political Science 2013 Summer Rüdiger Traxler
Freie Universität Berlin Introduction to Didactics of German Institute for German and Dutch Philology 2013 Winter Florian Urschel-Sochaczewski
Freie Universität Berlin The Shoah Remembered. Testimonies of Survivors Compared with Other Media (literature, film, video) Institute for German and Dutch Philology 2014 Winter Andree Michaelis
Freie Universität Berlin Inventory Programs and Computer-Based Data Collection Art History 2007 Summer Karin Kranhold
Freie Universität Berlin Political prisoners in the concentration camps of Oranienburg and Sachsenhausen Political Science 2010 Winter Siegfried Mielke, Stefan Heinz
Freie Universität Berlin Jews in the GDR Jewish Studies 2008 Winter Bill Rebiger
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 Jewish Berlin Jewish Studies 2014 Summer Klaus Herrmann
Freie Universität Berlin Jewish Autobiographies in the 20th Century Jewish Studies 2007 Summer Silvia Cresti
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 National Socialism in Germany and It's Consequences Sociology 2008 Winter Helgard Kramer
Freie Universität Berlin The Church and the Holocaust Catholic Theology 2012 Winter Markus Thurau
Freie Universität Berlin / Touro College Tolerance in Conflict Jewish Studies 2014 Winter Klaus Herrmann
Freie Universität Berlin / Touro College Tolerance in Conflict Jewish Studies 2015 Summer Klaus Herrmann
Freie Universität Berlin / Touro College Tolerance in Conflict Jewish Studies 2015 Winter Klaus Herrmann
Goucher College Oral Histories of Holocaust Survivors—Telling Their Stories German, History, Judaic Studies 2012 Fall Uta Larkey
Goucher College History, Literature, and Film on the Holocaust German, History, Judaic Studies 2012 Fall Uta Larkey
Goucher College Holocaust Testimonies: History and Memory German, History, Judaic Studies 2015 Fall Uta Larkey
Goucher College Holocaust Testimonies: History and Memory German, History, Judaic Studies 2016 Fall Uta Larkey
Grand Valley State University The Holocaust Honors Seminar 2015 Fall Robert Franciosi
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin Berlin under National Socialism History 2013 Summer Susanne Willems
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin Jewish Survivors and Jewish Life in Postwar Germany (1945-1951) History 2014 Summer Atina Grossmann
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin Oral History as Method in Scandinavian Historiography History 2006 Winter Izabella Dahl
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin Research Workshop on the Former Uckerman Youth Concentration Camp Political Science, Gender Studies 2008 Summer Anette Dietrich, Andrea Nachtigall
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin Holocaust: Memory and Gender Cultural Studies 2008 Winter Atina Grossmann
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin Cultures of Remembrance in conflict. WW2 in European Remembrance Culture Political Science 2009 Winter Tobias Schneider, Edith Pichler
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin Berlin under National Socialism - Archives and Collections History 2010 Winter Christoph Kreutzmüller, Eva Balz
Illinois State University Doing History - Through Their Eyes: Jewish Responses to Nazi Persecution and the Holocaust History 2013 Fall Katrin Paehler
Keene State College Peace Studies Holocaust & Genocide Studies 2016 Fall Ashley Greene
Michigan State University Historical Methods and Skills: The United States and the Holocaust History 2016 Fall Karen Fermaglich

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