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Thursday, February 20, 2014
Buchenwald camp liberator Leon Bass reflects on the discrimination he experienced while going to college in the United States after his military service.  Leon describes how baffled and angry he felt that he was encountering the same type of prejudice and threat of civil liberties that he fought against during WWII. This testimony clip is featured in the new IWitness Activity, Fighting in the Face of Racism. 
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
A class of 10th graders at High Tech High North County in San Marcos, Calif., experienced IWitness for the first time in a pilot of the newest IWitness activity "1936 Olympics: Race, Politics and Civil Rights."
Monday, March 31, 2014
Students and teachers can commemorate April’s Genocide Awareness Month and the 20th anniversary of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda by completing two new IWitness activities.
Monday, June 16, 2014
Alphonse Kabalisa recalls listening to anti-Tutsi propaganda on the radio with his father, after the death of Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana. Alphonse’s testimony is featured in the IWitness activity, Information Quest: The Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
As a result of a new partnership between USC Shoah Foundation and Mona Golabek’s Hold On to Your Music Foundation, students are able to interact with the beloved book The Children of Willesden Lane through the IWitness educational website.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
The Power of Words activity is inspired by Elie Wiesel; thousands of students read his memoir Night every year to learn about the Holocaust. Students will consider the ways in which speaking and writing might empower survivors.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Chance and Choice: A Survivor’s Story highlights the poem "Could Have" by Wislawa Szymborska and three specific survival events from Jewish survivor Lusia Haberfeld's testimony to convey the role of both individual choice as well as luck in surviving the Holocaust.
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Students learn about the plight of the refugees who attempted to flee Nazi Germany on the M.S. St. Louis and reflect on the world’s response to the voyage and its implications for today in Voyage of the St. Louis: From Hope to Despair.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
The new activity Growing Up Behind the Barbed Wire at Auschwitz is part of IWitness’s Auschwitz: The Past is Present content to commemorate the upcoming 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
The "Auschwitz – Art in the Face of Death" Mini Quest asks students to consider artwork produced as a response to the experience of Auschwitz-Birkenau and to produce their own artistic responses to what they learned.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Through an analysis of testimony, students learn about the resistance efforts that took place in the Auschwitz camp complex and about the meaning of resistance in the context of the Holocaust in a new MiniQuest.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
IWitness is typically used in middle- and high school classrooms and college courses, but that may change following this week’s pilot testing of a new activity intended for students as young as fifth grade.
Friday, November 7, 2014
In the "Arrival at Auschwitz" activity, students will consider the personal experiences of those who arrived on the ramp at Auschwitz-Birkenau by examining historical photographs and watching testimony.
Friday, November 14, 2014
In the Ruth Brand Information Quest, students learn about the life of Holocaust survivor Ruth Brand and create a word cloud of themes that represent her experiences.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Through the Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda activity, students will learn about the history of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda specifically, the history of genocide generally, and the stages of genocide.
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Students are introduced to a Holocaust survivor named Roman Kent, who survived the Lodz ghetto, Auschwitz and being separated from his family, in this Information Quest.
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Jewish resistance to the Holocaust took many forms, and four testimony clips in this activity explain how many people – men, women and children – found ways to retain their humanity and subtly thwart Nazi persecution.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Through a new partnership with Mona Golabek’s Hold On To Your Music Foundation, IWitness launched this activity to introduce students to the history and experience of the Kindertransport.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
"My Story Matters" focuses on the importance of individuals sharing stories of survival for their own benefit, for the benefit of others, and for the collective benefit to the world.
Thursday, December 25, 2014
The Information Quest about Howard Cwick introduces students to one of the American soldiers who was there for the liberation of the Buchenwald death camp.
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Students learn the fascinating story of Helen Fagin, who survived the Holocaust running a clandestine school, living under a false identity and even escaping deportation, in this Information Quest.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Students learn the incredible true story of a group of Ukrainian Jews who hid in underground caves during the Holocaust in the IWitness Information Quest activity that ties into the 2013 film No Place on Earth.
Thursday, February 5, 2015
In the Video Activity 1936 Olympic Athletes: Competing and Inspiring students will examine the issue of civil rights and the presence of racism in society through the lens of the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Kurt Messerschmidt is one of the most recognizable faces on IWitness, and his Information Quest allows students to learn more about his life and how he survived the Holocaust.
Friday, February 13, 2015
Students are asked to engage with primary and secondary sources and construct a short video essay on the nature of contemporary anti-Semitism.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Testimony can be intense, heart-wrenching, and emotional. It can include stories that are harrowing or even hopeful. And it can also be poetic.
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Most students are probably familiar with the iconic image of an immigrant sailing into New York Harbor under the welcoming arms of the Statue of Liberty. The activity "New Beginnings – Journey to America" introduces students to real people who did just that.
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Students examine Ellis Lewin’s testimony in the Information Quest about his life before, during and after the Holocaust.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
USC Shoah Foundation has published a new online exhibit and two new IWitness activities that expand the Institute’s educational offerings in terms of language and subject matter.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Eight teachers who are passionate about IWitness will engage with USC Shoah Foundation in an exciting new way this summer: a three-day teaching fellowship.

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