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Tuesday, May 31, 2011
On Monday, May 9, Steven Spielberg, Founder of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, presented Comcast Chairman and CEO Brian L. Roberts with its highest honor, the Ambassador for Humanity award. Roberts was recognized for his visionary leadership and philanthropic work in education and technology. Jon Bon Jovi was special musical guest. This is a photo essay of the event, which took place in Roberts' hometown of Philadelphia.Photos by Jeremy Messler Photography LLC
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Giornata di studio organizzata dal Centro sulle Relazioni Interculturali dell’Università Cattolica di Milano e da USC Shoah Foundation Institute, per riflettere con l'aiuto di esperti e docenti sulle problematiche e le implicazioni del "vedere" il dolore delle altre persone attraverso le diverse forme espressive e di comunicazione: arte, fotografia, televisione.Album pubblicato:  Il 10 gennaio 2012 
Sunday, December 18, 2011
The first permanent Exhibit about the Holocaust, displayed in Cuba, opened on December 18 at the Centro Sephardi (Sephardic Center) in Havana.  The Exhibit, We Remember–The Holocaust and the Creation of a Living Community, shines a light on the Cuban Jewish experience of the Holocaust and raises awareness that a small Jewish community makes Cuba its home.  press releaseAlbum posted on:  December 21, 2011 
Monday, November 7, 2011
For the second year, the Institute is participating in the International Fellowship Program in Holocaust Education.  Organized by the Holocaust Memorial Center, with generous support from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) and the Task Force on International Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research, the fellowship—a unique initiative in Hungary—is a year-long program during which participants will develop their own Holocaust education project.  This year’s fellows include education experts, university educators, curriculum developers, education policymakers, and journa
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
On Wednesday, November 30, 2011, four inspiring young men from Rwanda's Kigali Genocide Memorial Center spoke about their mission to document the past, and the purpose of taking testimony.  Diogene Mwizerwa, Paul Rukesha, Martin Niwenshuti, and Yves Kamuronsi addressed how they will use the infrastructure of the Shoah Foundation Institute to tell the human story of another genocide as well as other topics such as taking testimony, the complexity of memorialization, and memory in a fractured society.  In addition, the evening included the presentation of a commendation from the City of Los A
Thursday, November 3, 2011
On November 3, 2011, the University of Athens gained access to the Institute's Visual History Archive.  As part of the launch, the University hosted a workshop led by Andrea Szőnyi, the Institute's Regional Consultant in Hungary, who gave a presentation on the history of the Institute and the scope of its regional activities; and Verena Nagel, Project Manager of the Multimedia Archive at Freie Universität Berlin's Center for Digital Systems.  The workshop continued on November 4 with hands-on training on the use of the archive.Album posted on:  November 9, 2011
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
The Institute has made 2,500 of its testimonies available at the Museum of Jewish Heritage–A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, in New York, NY.  The collection, which will open to the public on the 73rd anniversary of Kristallnacht (November 9, 2011), includes testimony of Holocaust survivors, rescuers, and liberators.  Press releaseAlbum posted on:  November 7, 2011 
Thursday, November 3, 2011
McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, has become the first site in Canada with access to the Institute's Visual History Archive (press release).  The University hosted an event on November 3 to celebrate the launch of the archive; Branko Lustig, an Oscar-winning film producer and Holocaust survivor whose life story is preserved in the archive, spoke at the event.Album posted on:  November 7, 2011 
Thursday, September 29, 2011
On September 29, 2011, honoring the 70th anniversary of the Baby Yar tragedy, the Ukrainian Cinema Club in Berlin presented a screening of Spell Your Name, a documentary film by Sergey Bukovsky, co-produced by the USC Shoah Foundation Institute and the Victor Pinchuk Foundation.  The screening was followed by a discussion with Cristoph Filinger, a journalist and a freelancer at the American Jewish Committee office in Berlin.
Friday, October 21, 2011
From mid-October through mid-December, four staff members from the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center (KGMC) will intern at the USC Shoah Foundation Institute.Yves Kamuronsi, head of the Documentation Center of the KGMC, and three colleagues—Diogene Mwizerwa, Martin Niwenshuti, and Paul Rukesha—will study the Institute's indexing methodology and lend their expertise to the development of indexing terminology appropriate for the Rwandan Tutsi genocide experience.  They will also spend time learning about the technology being used to preserve the testimonies digitally.
Friday, October 7, 2011
For the first time, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute’s collection of more than 430 Italian language testimonies—part of its collection of nearly 52,000 video testimonies of Holocaust survivors and other witnesses—will be available online.  Last month, Italy’s Archivio Centrale dello Stato (Central State Archives) launched an online research portal that provides access to the testimonies, as well as to other archival holdings.Read the press release (English or Italian), with video.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
On September 10, 2011, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute conducted a seminar at the Ukrainian House national center in Kyiv to train teachers on the use of Pain of Memory, a new multimedia kit designed for educators in Ukraine.  Pain of Memory is a comprehensive kit designed to enhance the educational experience of the exhibition “Shoah by Bullets:  Mass Shootings of Jews in Ukraine 1941-1944.”  Presented by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation in partnership with Mémorial de la Shoah, Yahad-In Unum, and the Ukrainian Embassies of Israel, France, Germany, and the United States, the
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Martin Šmok, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute’s Senior International Program Consultant, gave presentations at a training event for teachers organized by Pant o.s.  The event took place at the Summer School of Modern History in Ostrava, Czech Republic on August 29 and 30.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
For the second consecutive year, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute was selected to participate as a sponsor organization in the UCLA Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics’ Research in Industrial Projects (RIPS) Program.  The RIPS program “provides an opportunity for high-achieving undergraduate students to work in teams on a real-world research project proposed by a sponsor from industry or the public sector."
Thursday, August 11, 2011
On August 11, 2011, Sherry Bard, the Institute's Educational Programs Project Director, presented at the Teacher Workshop on the Holocaust at California State University, Long Beach.  Teachers spent an afternoon learning about using visual history testimony in teaching about the Holocaust.  They also explored the Institute's new online multimedia application, IWitness, which is currently in beta and being tested by educators and students in pilots across the U.S.Album posted on:  August 22, 2011 
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Last month, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute hosted a meeting convened by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.  The meeting brought together delegates from major archives with audio-visual Holocaust testimony holdings; other archives represented included Mémorial de la Shoah, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Yad Vashem–The Holocaust Mar
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
In July 2011, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute held a follow-up workshop for graduates of its Master Teacher Program.  The follow-up workshop provided a congenial, peer-to-peer setting for participants to address program-related issues; present the testimony-based projects they developed during the year, as well as the impact of those projects on students’ learning; consider strategies for making use of IWitness, the Institute’s new online application (http://dornsife.usc.edu/vhi/education/iwitness); and receive information abou
Friday, July 22, 2011
From July 18-22, 2011, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute held its third annual Teaching with Testimony workshop for participants in the Institute’s Master Teacher Program.  “This workshop equips teachers to become ambassadors of testimony-based education in their communities,” Stephen D. Smith, Executive Director of the Institute, said.  “The rigorous training in which they participate will prepare them to enhance students’ learning through the use of testimony and demonstrate its value to their colleagues in the field.”
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
In March 2011, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute and One Economy Corporation organized a two-day youth institute for high school students at the Honickman Learning Center and Comcast Technology Labs, at Project H.O.M.E., in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Seventeen students and alumni of Comcast’s and One Economy's Digital Connectors Program piloted the Institute’s new online application, IWitness.  The weekend included interactive activities, presentations and discussion about the Holocaust and other genocides, and a meeting with a Holocaust survivor.  During the program, students utilized I
Monday, April 4, 2011
On April 4, 2011, the Institute hosted high school students from San Francisco, who are studying the Holocaust as part of an after school program through the Jewish Family and Children's Services Holocaust Center (JFCS).  Led by JFCS Director of Education Morgan Blum, five students who received the JFCS Manovill Holocaust History Fellowship developed video projects using testimonies in the Institute's archive of Bay Area Holocaust survivors.  The students presented their video projects on topics such as surviving Westerbork concentration camp, partisans, choices, bold instincts, and African
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Spell Your Name, a feature-length documentary about the Holocaust in Ukraine, was screened at the 2011 International Forum in Kyiv, on June 22, 2011.  Marking the 70th anniversary of the German attack on the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941, the 2011 International Forum, 1941:  German War of Extermination in Ukraine and Its Actors, was organized by the Institute of Global and European Studies at the University of Leipzig in the framework of the History Workshop Europe program (Geschichtswerkstatt Europa) of the German Federal Foundation, "Remembrance, Responsibility and Future" (D
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Upon the invitation of Stephen D. Smith, Executive Director of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, Balázs Bokor, Consul General of the Republic of Hungary in Los Angeles, paid a visit to the Institute on June 15, 2011.  Dr. Smith introduced the Consul General to the Institute’s work and, in particular, discussed the international educational work the Institute conducts with partners across Europe and within Hungary.Album posted on:  June 23, 2011 
Thursday, April 7, 2011
On April 7, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute honored students from across the University who made short films using footage from the Institute’s archive of nearly 52,000 videotaped testimonies of Holocaust survivors and other witnesses.  The awards ceremony, screening, and panel discussion, made possible by Visions and Voices and HBO, were the culmination of the Student Voices short film competition, which invited all USC students to use the Institute’s archive in order to shape the conversation about violence and genocide.  Among the competition jury and on the panel was Academy Award-wi
Saturday, February 5, 2011
The USC Shoah Foundation Institute expanded its teacher education efforts to Serbia on 5 February 2011, when Hungarian Regional Consultant Andrea Szőnyi presented at a training on the Methodology of Holocaust Education in Subotica.  During a session of the day-long training organized by TUUM Association for Hungarian-speaking educators, the Institute’s Hungarian Regional Consultant presented the educational use of video testimony, and shared available resources in Hungarian.  This teacher training session marked the first time that the Institute presented our work for local educators in Ser
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Album posted on:  February 1, 2011 
Sunday, February 27, 2011
In order to mark the 90th anniversary of the establishment of the Numerus Clausus law in Hungary, the Holocaust Memorial Center in Budapest has organized an exhibition to commemorate of the event.  The exhibition aims to show the rise in anti-Semitism in the 1920s, and the evolution of Hungarian society from social and political inclusion to one of exclusion.  The exhibition features testimony clips of four survivors from the Institute’s Visual History Archive, as well as posters, prints, news articles, photos, newsreels, radio speeches, and other artifacts.  The exhibit runs from Oct