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Interviews conducted in United States

21,433

(includes testimonies in the process of being integrated into the Visual History Archive)

Regional Consultant(s)

  • Liz Bommarito

Educational Programming

  • 2016: USC Shoah Foundation and Latin American network of UNESCO met to discuss teaching about genocide in Latin America; educators and representatives from Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Paraguay, Perú and Uruguay learned how to utilize testimony from the VHA in the classroom and in their home countries
  • 2016: A class in Charlotte, North Carolina, spoke to a class in Kigali, Rwanda, via Skype about the IWitness Bystander Effect activity that both classes had completed.
  • 2016: USC Shoah Foundation Regional Consultant Rob Hadley introduced IWitness workshops to teachers and students in schools in Cincinnati and Kentucky.
  • 2016: USC Shoah Foundation Chicago Regional Consultant Brandon Barr led IWitness teacher trainings in multiple Illinois schools.
  • 2016: USC Shoah Foundation Regional Consultant Rob Hadley led an IWitness training in Oregon, where Carl Wilkins, a Rwandan genocide survivor, also spoke.
  • 2015: Launch of IWitness Detroit, a two-year program to pilot IWitness activities in Detroit schools
  • 2014: Southern California Teacher Forum on Holocaust Education in California.
  • 2014: First elementary school pilot at O.A. Thorp Scholastic Academy, Chicago.
  • 2014: Pilot at High Tech High in California
  • 2014: Workshop for teachers at Florida Holocaust Museum.
  • 2014: Day of Learning at JFCS in California.
  • 2014: TED talk conference: Charter Public Schools in Illinois.
  • 2014: Facing History and Ourselves Spring Seminar in California.
  • 2014: Presentation at Hispanic-Jewish Women’s Alliance in California.
  • 2013: Summer course introduction to Holocaust History for middle and high school teachers at Rutgers University.
  • 2013: Holocaust Museum of Houston’s Summer Teacher Institute.
  • 2013: National Association for Media Literacy Education conference.
  • 2013: Teaching and Work with Testimony Workshop as part of State of Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECH) Michigan program at University of Michigan Flint.
  • 2013: IWitness training at the Holocuast Awareness Museum in the lein Jewish Community Center in Philadelphia.
  • 2013: IWitness demo and training with Randi Boyette of the ADL at Gratz Colleget.
  • 2013: The Eugene and Eva Schliesinger Teacher Workshop on the Holocaust at Cal State Long Beach.
  • 2013: Presentation at Human Rights Educators gathering in Los Angeles.
  • 2013: IWitness introductory training at Main Line Reform Temple in Pennsylvania.
  • 2013: IWitness educators training at Esperanza Academy in Pennsylvania.
  • 2013: Presentation to the Coordinators of History and Social Studies in Office of Curriculum, instruction and School Support in Los Angeles.
  • 2013: Training for teachers at Saint Catherine’s School in Wisconsin.
  • 2013: Presentation at Florida Holocaust Commission Task Force Annual Meeting.
  • 2013: Workshop at University of South Florida Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center.
  • 2013: IWitness Training at National Museum of American Jewish History in Pennsylvania.
  • 2013: IWitness overview for Los Angeles County Office of Education Tech Director
  • 2013 IWitness overview and presentation to Sage Hill School Multicultural Committee Members in California.
  • 2013: Presentation at the inTELA Conference at Chadwick School in California.
  • 2013: Workshop for teachers in collaboration with Baltimore Public Schools.
  • 2013: Presentation at Whittier College for Education Department graduate course in California.
  • 2013: Presentation for staff at Florida Holocaust Museum.
  • 2013: Workshop at Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center.
  • 2013: Training for trainers at Los Angeles School Twining program.
  • 2013: Stars in the Dust with ADL-Har Zion Temple.
  • 2013: Teacher training at The Haverford School in Pennsylvania.
  • 2013: Panel presentation at NCTE Annual Convention.
  • 2013: Presentation at NCSS in Missouri.
  • 2013: IWitness demonstration for faculty and graduate students at Park University in Kansas.
  • 2013: Development of testimony-based education activities with National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia.
  • 2013: Over 4,900 teachers have been trained through the IWitness Educators programming during the year.
  • 2011: IWitness pilot with One Economy Corporation Comcast Digital Connectors program.

Academic Programming

  • 2015: USC Shoah Foundation hosted Nanjing Massacre scholars in Los Angeles to introduce the Institute’s work and discuss partnerships.
  • 2016: University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University hosted presentations about USC Shoah Foundation and the Visual History Archive.
  • 2014: Holocaust Geographies Collective explored the Visual History Archive, expecting to use the Visual History Archive’s indexing system to conduct research, plotting locations on maps and tracing spaces and people throughout time, but realized the VHA’s real value was in the qualitative, anecdotal content in the interviews themselves.
  • 2013: An evening with Xu Xin, China’s leading Judaic scholar and Yehuda Bauer, Professor Emeritus of Holocaust Studies at Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
  • 2012: Father Desbois, keynote at USC Yom Hashoah Commemoration event, author of The Holocaust by Bullets.

Conferences and Workshops

  • 2016: USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research hosts A 'Conflict?' Genocide and Resistance in Guatemala, the first-ever international conference about the Guatemalan Genocide.
  • 2016: Three USC students and a professor presented a panel discussion on research they had done using the Visual History Archive at the ucLADINO Symposium at UCLA.
  • 2015: USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research hosts Singing in the Lion's Mouth: Music as Resistance to Genocide academic symposium and concert.
  • 2015: IWitness workshop at Dallas Holocaust Museum educator conference.
  • 2015: Chief Technology Officer Sam Gustman gives keynote at Metadata Madness conference in Los Angeles. 
  • 2015: Director of Education Kori Street discusses social media and Holocaust education at Association of Holocaust Organizations (AHO) conference in Las Vegas.
  • 2015: USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research Director Wolf Gruner and Center Fellow Kiril Feferman present papers at the 47th Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies in Boston, Mass.
  • 2015: Executive Director Stephen Smith speaks on the future of Holocaust education at Council fo American Jewish Museum (CAJM)'s annual conference in San Francisco.
  • 2015: IWitness presented at annual International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference in Philadelphia.
  • 2015: Exhibit of USC Shoah Foundation at annual American Library Association (ALA) conference and exhibition in San Francisco.
  • 2014 International Conference (November 16-18) - Memory, Media and Technology: Exploring the Trajectories of Schindler’s List at USC.
  • 2013: Council of Holocaust Educators Conference in New Jersey, USC Shoah Foundation Executive Director Stephen Smith delivers keynote.
  • 2013: Association of Jewish Scholars conference in Boston, seminar Video Interviews of Holocaust Survivors: Intersecting Approaches.
  • Association of Holocaust Organizations (AHO) Winter Seminar Conference at USC.
  • 2013: Sexual Violence Against Women during the Holocaust (in conjunction with Remember the Women Institute and Equality Now) at USC
  • 2012: Global Justice (II) Conference Ethics and Practices of Responsibility in Paris
  • 2012: 2020 Seminar on Rescue: Resisting the Path to Genocide at USC
  • 2012: (Re)collections Conference at USC
  • 2012: Future of Memory at USC
  • 2011: Global Justice Conference at USC co-sponsored with Levan Institute, Political Science
  • 2011: California Interdisciplinary Consortium for Italian Studies Conference at USC, co-sponsored with Italian Studies Department.

Additional work in United States

  • 2016: “Finding Oscar,” a film produced by Steven Spielberg about the Guatemalan Genocide, screened at several film festivals, including the Ojai Film Festival, DOC NYC, Telluride and the Boston Film Festival
  • 2016: The Florida Holocaust Museum and USC Shoah Foundation partnered on initiatives to enhance testimony preservation, access, and education.

Exhibits

  • 2015-2017: Illinois Holocaust Museun & Education Cener, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center and Holocaust Museum Houston host New Dimensions in Testimony exhibits
  • Tree of Testimony, 70-screen videos sculpture displaying survivor testimonies from around the world at Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. Current.
  • Six testimonies from Visual History Archive included in Visions and Values: Jewish Life from Antiquity to America at Skirball Cultural Center in California.
  • Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration and Complicity in the Holocaust exhibit at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and online at http://somewereneighbors.ushmm.org/#/exhibitions/neighbors.

Educational Resources

  • 2012: DVD of testimony clips for the Arizona Jewish Historical Society Cultier Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center.
  • 2012: IWitness activity in conjunction with National Jewish Theater Foundation of Miami.
  • 2012: Online interactive Holocaust timeline with Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation.

Fellowships

  • Senior Fellows
    • 2014: Douglas Greenberg, Distinguished Professor of History, Rutgers University.
    • 2013: Jeffrey Shandler, Professor of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University and president of the Association for Jewish Studies.
    • 2012: Sean Field, senior lecturer at the University of Cape Town, and director of the Centre for Popular Memory for the past 11 years.
    • 2011: Kosal Path, researcher at the Center for Khmer Studies in Cambodia.
    • 2010: Wolf Gruner, Shapell-Guerin Chair in Jewish Studies and Professor of History
  • Greenberg Research Fellows
    • 2015: Jared McBride, PhD, UCLA
  • Yom Hashoah Scholars-in Residence
    • 2015: Wendy Lower, Claremont McKenna College and author of Hitler's Furies
    • 2014: Mohammed Dajani, former professor of political science at al-Quds University, Jerusalem
    • 2013: Marianne Hirsch, President of the Modern Language Association and the William Peterfield Trent Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and professor in the Institute for Research on Women and Gender.
    • 2012: Yehuda Bauer, Professor Emeritus of Holocaust Studies at Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
  • Teaching Fellows
    • 2015: Gertrud Pickhan and Alina Bothe, Freie Universitat Berlin
    • 2014: Linda Kim, Drexel University
    • 2014: Harry Reicher, University of Pennsylvania (Rutman Teaching Fellow)
    • 2014: David Tomkins, USC
    • 2013: Andrea Peto, Central European University, Budapest
    • 2013: Jakub Mlynar, Charles University, Prague
    • 2013: Waitman Beorn, University of Nebraska
    • 2013: Colin Keaveney, USC
    • 2013: Gina Nahai, USC
    • 2012: Marcela Zoufala, Charles University, Prague
    • 2012: Rebecca Kobrin, Columbia University
    • 2012: Roy Schwartzman, UNC Greensboro
    • 2012: Vincent Farenga, USC
    • 2011: Yaffa Weissman, USC
    • 2011: Alison Dundes Rentein, USC
    • 2010: Christina Villa, USC
    • 2010: Judith Halberstram, USC
    • 2009: Macarena Gomez-Barris, USC
    • 2009: Paul Lerner, USC
    • 2009: Beth Meyerowitz, USC
    • 2009: Vanessa Schwartz, USC
  • Texas A&M Teaching Fellows
    • 2015: Adam R. Seipp, History
  • Rutman Fellow for Research and Teaching at University of Pennsylvania
    • 2015: Lilliane Weissberg, German, Comparative Literature
  • Student/Research Fellows
    • 2015: Kiril Feferman, of the Russian State University for Humanities in Moscow, is selected as the 2015-16 USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research Center Fellow.
    • 2015: Orli Robin, USC, BA Creative Writing, minor Jewish Studies, Resistance to Genocide Studies; social and political manifestations of theological redemption
    • 2015: Christina Schoellkopf: USC, BA Broadcast and Digital Journalism, History; anti-Tutsi discrimination in Rwanda
    • 2013: Maayan Rotifarb, Tufts University, graduate student at Fletcher University in International Affairs
    • 2013: Leticia Villasenor, USC, PhD student in French, how survivors and witnesses interpret and elucidate the events that took place during the roundups in France as well as how these individual experiences of trauma are affected by filmic and literary interpretations.
    • 2013: Lorry Aaron Black, D.M.A. student in Sacred Music, explore the musical and artistic culture that was fostered by the harsh conditions in the Transit camps of France, Vichy France, and Holland.
    • 2012: Dan Knapp, treatment of LGBT individuals during the Holocaust-the experiences of gay men who were forced to wear the pink triangle of sexual deviance:
    • 2012: Channing Sargent, USC, stories of the individuals who survived the Holocaust alone, searching for answers to the effects of the loss of family—on survival instincts and the post-war return to society.
    • 2012: Sharif Shakhshir, USC, stripping away the racial identity differences between the survivors.
    • 2012: Anna Lisa McClelland, USC, explore how life is affected by memory and the transformation resultant from extreme trauma.
    • 2012: Glenn Fox, USC, VHA testimony to improve and diversify his study on gratitude in Holocaust testimony.
    • 2012: Austin Castor, USC, homosexuality in the Holocaust.
    • 2012: Hannah Polin-Gallay, Tel Aviv University, studying the differences language and culture make on memory and narrative in Holocaust Testimony.
    • 2012: Rosaline Twagiramariya, USC, participated in Discover Bosnia trip organized through Aegis Students.