USC Shoah Foundation gave a presentation today about the use of survivor testimony and its educational website IWitness at California State University, Long Beach. The presentation was part of CSU Long Beach’s weeklong Eva and Eugene Schlesinger Teacher Training Endowed Workshop on the Holocaust. The workshop provides Holocaust curriculum development training for high school teachers.
This is the third year USC Shoah Foundation has been invited to present at the workshop, which is expected to draw approximately 25 teachers. Later in the week, the Anti-Defamation League will give a presentation about Echoes & Reflections, the teacher-training program that provides educators with curriculum to teach the complex issues of the Holocaust to 21st century students that incorporates IWitness and USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive (VHA). The Anti-Defamation League developed Echoes and Reflections with USC Shoah Foundation and Yad Vashem.
IWitness provides students and teachers access to more than 1,300 full life histories and testimonies from the VHA of survivors and witnesses to the Holocaust and other genocides for guided exploration, multimedia projects, activities and lessons. The VHA contains almost 52,000 audiovisual testimonies from the Holocaust and other genocides, conducted in 57 countries and in 33 languages.