Stephen Smith

Stephen D Smith is the Andrew J. and Erna Finci Viterbi Executive Director Chair of the USC Shoah Foundation in Los Angeles, whose Visual History Archive holds 53,000 testimonies of eyewitnesses to the Holocaust and other genocides. He also holds the UNESCO Chair on Genocide Education and is an Adjunct Professor of Religion. He founded the UK Holocaust Centre, The Aegis Trust for the prevention of crimes against humanity and genocide. He was Project Director of the Kigali Genocide Centre, Rwanda. Smith, who trained as a Christian theologian, is an author, educator and researcher interested in memory of the Holocaust, and the causes and consequences of human conflict.

Opinion Pieces

“Since we’re debating labels, stop calling it anti-Semitism. It’s Jew hatred.” Forward, July 7, 2020

“Reckoning with Race.” Jewish Journal, June 16, 2020

“Holocaust Survivors Teach Us ‘There Is No Forgiveness Without Rage’.” Jewish Journal, May 31, 2020

“New App IWalk Preserves Holocaust Survivors’ Stories, Where They Took Place.” Jewish Journal, April 20, 2020

“As Loneliness Grows, What We Can Learn from Holocaust Survivors.” Jewish Journal, April 6, 2020

“Shoah Foundation Head: Bigots Prey on Coronavirus to Incite Hate.” Jewish Journal, March 27, 2020

“Shoah Foundation Director: Amazon Must Cancel ‘Hunters’.” Jewish Journal, March 12, 2020

“Survivors’ stories remind us of Holocaust horror.” Detroit News, January 26, 2020

“Life After Auschwitz.” Jewish Journal, January 22, 2020

“Spate of Anti-Semitic Incidents Shows that ‘Action is Your Cue’.” Jewish Journal, December 19, 2019

“Impressions from ADL Conference: Future, Not Fear.” Jewish Journal, November 27, 2019

“Russia-Turkey deal increases chances of ethnic cleansing.” The Hill, October 26, 2019

“What Do Jews and Kurds Have in Common?” Jewish Journal, October 25, 2019

“Response to Halle Yom Kippur Attack: We Must Be Stronger Than Hate.” Jewish Journal, October 9, 2019

“Stopping ‘Xenocide’ in the 21st Century.” Jewish Journal, August 5, 2019

“The Incredible Story of a Munich Soccer Team During the Holocaust Offers a Lesson.” Jewish Journal, July 16, 2019

“When is it Appropriate to Draw Lessons From the Holocaust?” Jewish Journal, June 21, 2019

“A Christian Killer in Poway.” Jewish Journal, April 30, 2019

“New Zealand Murders: There Are No Words.” Jewish Journal, April 3, 2019

“‘Schindler’s List’ more relevant than ever.” Detroit News, December 6, 2018

“Words That Kill: The Genocidal Nature of Anti-Semitism.” Jewish Journal, October 28, 2018

“Four More Campuses Hit by Anti-Semitism.” Jewish Journal, October 24, 2018

“Mandate an End to Holocaust Ignorance.” Jewish Journal, April 18, 2018

“It’s Time to Speak Up for the Rohingya.” Jewish Journal, November 30, 2017