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BARBARA H. DESFORGES
ORANGE COUNTY, CA
It was with anticipation and keen interest that we were looking forward to our Shoah Foundation tour of February 12th.
Myself, being an alumni of U.S.C. (“61 Barbara Hane) I had been aware of the Shoah Foundation but like many of our tour, I did not know a tour was available to the public, until the Dec. article in the L.A. Times.
Krystal Szabo was our guide, and she shared with us the purpose, and vast outreach of the program. We were also bused to the technology facility, (and that was amazing!) Anita was our guide there.
And we enjoyed the added bonus of a fine intern (Manuel), from Austria. We loved realizing the global significant of the Shoah’s education!
Thank you so much for this rich opportunity.
Barbara and Bob Desforges
I am signing the guestbook from Prague, where I am working on creating a backup mirror of the entire archive for preservation and access. In the Czech Republic we collected about 600 testimonies. Charles University has set up a research facility around the archive that researchers throughout Europe come to. The archive has also become one of the base systems for Charles University's digital repository that has become a model for digital repositories throughout Europe.
We have partnered with Charles University on a technical and educational level for 15 years. This is just one of hundreds of such relationships the USC Shoah Foundation now has around the world as we disseminate the content we collected.
20 years into it, and we still have so much work to do. It is a good thing I have another 30 years until I retire.
Sam Gustman, CTO of the USC Shoah Foundation
I am not Jewish but have always had the greatest admiration for their contribution to the arts, music and medicine. Hitler was a evil monster who destroyed the lives of so many wonderful people. I never fail to be moved when I see the death camps documentaries on television. Best wishes to you all.
I emigrated from South Africa to Australia in 1980 and found that one of the most important differences between the Jewish communities was the small amount of Survivors in South Africa as compared to Australia --due to the limited number of Jews allowed into South Africa in the late 1930's and 40's.
I became an interviewer for the Shoah Foundation when it started to operate in Sydney and, looking back on the period today, feel that it was the most important learning experience I have ever had. Jewish history, Holocaust history, Human history and emotion.. brutality, hatred, fear, empathy, kindness and survival...all contextualised in those dramatic interviews.
I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to be part of the Shoah Foundation's unbelievable project and congratulate all of you who have been involved for the past 20 years.
Thank you for all those testimonies. I became very interested in all these things by watching the movie Schindler's List
I wrote two books on genocide in Rwanda (in italian). I'm very interested in your activities, particularly for 20th anniversary.
I have had the enormous pleasure and been blessed with the opportunity of working for the Shoah Foundation in the past and over the years. I feel incredibly proud of this work and am continually humbled by the endeavor. Each time I come back, I am reminded of the historical significance this archive has and will continue to have far into the future. I am in awe of the bravery each survivor exerts in sharing their story and in their steps to educate future generations so that some day the word genocide will belong only to the pages of history books and archives such as these and will no longer exist as reality in our world.
Congratulations on 20 awesome years and here's to 20 more!
I worked at the Foundation from 1994 until 2001. I worked in the production office, eventually becoming promoted to Production Manager overseeing thr worldwide offices and the production staff in Los Angeles. It was a wonderful learning experience, it brought me closer to my roots, and forced me to think differently about humanity. In essence, it made me a better person.
I saw first hand while filming 'The Last Days' in 1997-the impact the Shoah Foundation can have to a survivor, a witness to history, an individual and to young people that is everlasting. To be able to contribute to hearing the voices and stories that profoundly change our lives is a remarkable personal journey. The Shoah Foundation has given many the opportunity to learn and reach beyond human comprenhension and we celebrate their 20 years of accomplishment. Mazel Tov!