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 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 Present Pasts: Memory and Cultural Identity English Language and Literature 2007 Summer Anja Schwarz
Freie Universität Berlin Research Tools for Jewish Studies Researchers Judaism 2013 Winter Klaus Herrmann
Freie Universität Berlin Practical Teacher Training Education 2008 Winter Martin Lücke
Freie Universität Berlin Introduction to the Teaching of History Education 2010 Winter Martin Lücke
Freie Universität Berlin Historical Learning in the migration society Education 2012 Winter Lars Deile
Freie Universität Berlin Qualitative Research Methodologies in the Social Sciences Political Science 2007 Summer Sabine Pokorny
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 Remembering + Narrating = History? Introduction to Theories of History History 2008 Winter Christine Gundermann
Freie Universität Berlin Italy and Germany: Similarities and Differences Political Science 2010 Winter Edith Pichler
Freie Universität Berlin Introduction to Didactics of German German Philology 2012 Winter Florian Urschel Sochaczewski
Freie Universität Berlin Shoah and "Visual History" East European Studies 2007 Summer Gertrud Pickhan
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 Remembrance-Memories-Commemoration: The Analysis of National Socialism after 1945 Sociology 2008 Winter Christina Herkommer
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 Introduction to Didactics of German German Philology 2012 Winter Marcus Schotte
Freie Universität Berlin The Women’s Concentration Camp, Ravensbrück: A European Memorial Site History 2007 Summer Anne Kwaschik
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 Representations of the Holocaust in Literature and Film Communication Science 2008 Winter Falko Schmieder
Freie Universität Berlin Oral History. Introduction to methods and techniques of historical research East European Studies 2010 Winter Roland Borchers
Freie Universität Berlin Jewish Berlin in Film Jewish Studies 2012 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
Freie Universität Berlin / Touro College Tolerance in Conflict Jewish Studies 2015 Winter Klaus Herrmann
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
Goucher College Oral Histories of Holocaust Survivors—Telling Their Stories 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 Berlin under National Socialism History 2013 Summer Susanne Willems
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 Jewish Survivors and Jewish Life in Postwar Germany (1945-1951) History 2014 Summer Atina Grossmann
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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