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 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 Culture of Commemoration of the Victims of Nationalsocialism, "Holocaust Education" and the Usage of Witness Testimonies in the Historical, Political and Theological Educational Work Catholic Theology 2008 Summer Verena-Lucia Nägel, Matthias Blum
Freie Universität Berlin Theory, Methodology & History of the Science of History History 2009 Winter Oliver Janz
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 The Jewish Confirmation of Girls and Boys - On the Question of Gender in 19th and Early 20th Century Judaism Jewish Studies 2008 Summer Klaus Herrmann
Freie Universität Berlin Research Tools for Jewish Studies Researchers Jewish Studies 2009 Winter Klaus Herrmann
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 Contemporary Jewish History: Jewish Berlin - Module Jewish Studies 2006 Winter Klaus Herrmann
Freie Universität Berlin Between Zeitgeist and Propaganda: Testimonies & Documents on the National Socialist Era Political Science 2008 Winter Johannes Schlootz
Freie Universität Berlin National Socialism in Germany and It's Consequences Sociology 2012 Summer Helgard Kramer-Washington
Freie Universität Berlin Places of Remembrance on National Socialism in Berlin Berlin and Germany Studies for International Guest Students 2015 Winter Lars Breuer
Freie Universität Berlin Contemporary Jewish History: Jewish Berlin - Module Jewish Studies 2007 Summer Klaus Herrmann
Freie Universität Berlin Culture, Gender, Media II: Visual Cultures English Language and Literature 2008 Winter Sabine Schülting
Freie Universität Berlin Autobiographical memory and mental disorders Psychology 2010 Summer Babette Renneberg
Freie Universität Berlin The Nazi-Era and the Holocaust in Children and Youth Literature Institute for German and Dutch Philology 2012 Summer Fabian Wendler
Freie Universität Berlin Conveying History in the Internet Public History 2015 Winter Christine Bartlitz
Freie Universität Berlin Cultures of Commemoration and European Identity: Italy and Germany Compared Political Science 2007 Summer Edith Pichler
Freie Universität Berlin Holocaust in Eastern Europe: History and Remembrance East European Studies, History 2008 Winter Gertrud Pickhan, Gerhard Wolf
Freie Universität Berlin Historical learning with the Visual History Archive History 2010 Summer Martin Lücke
Freie Universität Berlin Victims’ Voices - Oral History on National Socialism and Holocaust in History Education Education 2012 Summer Christina Isabel Brüning
Freie Universität Berlin The Expelling of Polish Jews out of Berlin in 1938. History of Experiences, Archive Research, Making Visible East European Studies 2015 Winter Gertrud Pickhan, Alina Bothe
Freie Universität Berlin Inventory Programs and Computer-Based Data Collection Art History 2007 Summer Karin Kranhold
Freie Universität Berlin Jews in the GDR Jewish Studies 2008 Winter Bill Rebiger
Freie Universität Berlin Jewish Berlin Jewish Studies 2010 Summer Klaus Herrmann
Freie Universität Berlin Victims’ Voices - Oral History on National Socialism and Holocaust in History Education Education 2012 Summer Verena-Lucia Nägel
Freie Universität Berlin Jewish Autobiographies in the 20th Century Jewish Studies 2007 Summer Silvia Cresti
Freie Universität Berlin National Socialism in Germany and It's Consequences Sociology 2008 Winter Helgard Kramer
Freie Universität Berlin National Socialism in Germany and Its Consequences: Sinti and Roma under National Socialism and Photography of the Holocaust Sociology 2010 Summer Helgard Kramer-Washington
Freie Universität Berlin Digital History Public History 2012 Winter Daniel Burckhardt
Freie Universität Berlin / Touro College Tolerance in Conflict Jewish Studies 2015 Winter Klaus Herrmann
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
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
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
Grand Valley State University The Holocaust Honors Seminar 2015 Fall Robert Franciosi
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 Berlin under National Socialism History 2013 Summer Susanne Willems
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
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin Jewish Survivors and Jewish Life in Postwar Germany (1945-1951) History 2014 Summer Atina Grossmann
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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