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Thursday, September 22, 2016
USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research has two exciting opportunities for scholars that are currently accepting applications.
Monday, September 19, 2016
Expanding its reach in South America, USC Shoah Foundation has reached an agreement with a museum in Chile to house nearly 100 testimonies from Holocaust survivors.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
On the heels of USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research’s international conference on genocide and resistance in Guatemala, the 2016-17 Center Graduate Research Fellow Paula Cuellar Cuellar gave a lecture about her own research of scorched earth as an integral part of the genocides in Guatemala and El Salvador.
Monday, September 5, 2016
LOS ANGELES – Sept. 6, 2016 – USC Shoah Foundation’s Center for Advanced Genocide Research is gearing up to host an international conference on the genocide that ravaged Guatemala at the height of the Cold War in the early 1980s. It will be the first gathering of its kind ever held.
Friday, September 9, 2016
USC Shoah Foundation and the Latin American network of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will convene for two days the weekend of Sept. 10-11 to discuss teaching about genocide in Latin America.
Thursday, September 8, 2016
The meeting is supported by USC Shoah Foundation and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development. Stephen Smith, executive director of USC Shah Foundation, holds the UNESCO Chair in Genocide Education.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
USC Shoah Foundation’s ITeach seminars, which introduce educators to IWitness and teaching with testimony from the Visual History Archive, have been officially accredited by Hungary’s Ministry of Human Resources, paving the way for testimony to be fully integrated into Hungarian curriculum.
Thursday, September 29, 2016
The Canadian collections consist of 1,250 testimonies taken by nine organizations in Canada, the three biggest of which are the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre, Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre, and McGill University.
Monday, September 12, 2016
Fresh off its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival last week, the documentary Finding Oscar was screened at the opening night of USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research’s conference “A ‘Conflict?’ Genocide and Resistance in Guatemala.”
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
In this clip from the new Echoes and Reflections lesson on Contemporary Antisemitism, Dachau liberator Felix Sparks explains why it is so important for him to speak out against Holocaust deniers.
Monday, September 26, 2016
Coinciding with the 75th anniversary of the Babi Yar massacre in Ukraine, USC Shoah Foundation has published a new IWitness activity about Babi Yar and has begun leading a brand-new IWalk at the historic site in Kiev.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
As an educator who has used IWitness to teach various subjects, units and topics here are some tips to integrating testimony into any curriculum, including Science.
Friday, September 2, 2016
USC Shoah Foundation Executive Director Stephen Smith will discuss New Dimensions in Testimony on Sept. 6 at the conference Remembering the Holocaust and Genocide in the Digital Age, hosted by the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre (JHGC).
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Echoes and Reflections, a Holocaust education partnership program of USC Shoah Foundation, Anti-Defamation League and Yad Vashem, published a new lesson dedicated to teaching students about antisemitism as it exists in the world today.
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Jewish survivor Sarah Kleinplatz remembers the first time she saw Auschwitz and her first experiences as she stepped out of the cattlecar with her sisters as they approached selection. This clip is part of the Visual History Archive's Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre collection.
Monday, September 19, 2016
Eighth grader Aaron Fig thought carefully when it came time to choose a charitable cause to support for his bar mitzvah earlier this year. When his mom suggested USC Shoah Foundation, it spoke to him, he said, and he enlisted his friends and family to help. “I looked at the website and I thought it was really cool,” Aaron said. “What really stuck with me was the fact that [USC Shoah Foundation] is saving memories. It’s filming people saying their stories that will be archived forever.”
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Hungarian TV station RTL Klub will air the 2015 film Son of Saul for the first time this Saturday, September 24. The IWitness activity Sonderkommandó, Birkenau was designed as a companion activity to the film for Hungarian students.
Monday, September 26, 2016
Holocaust survivors often visit USC Shoah Foundation – but not many come armed with ideas and research for developing a game to teach students about the Holocaust, like Sigmund Tobias did this September.
Friday, September 30, 2016
Paula Cuellar Cuellar, the 2016-2017 Center Graduate Research Fellow at the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research, gave a public lecture focusing on her dissertation research about whether scorched earth operations in El Salvador and Guatemala constitute genocidal practices.
Thursday, September 1, 2016
Linguistic racism that led to the Guatemalan Genocide will be explored in “Racist Discourse and Genocide,” the third Monday panel session during USC Shoah Foundation’s Center for Advanced Genocide Research’s conference “A Conflict? Genocide and Resistance in Guatemala.”
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
To commemorate National Archives Month, the Society of American Archivists is sponsoring a social media event #AskAnArchivist Day on Wednesday, Oct. 5. The day is an opportunity for archivists to interact with anyone interested in their profession by answering questions with the hashtag #AskAnArchivist. USC Shoah Foundation will participate in #AskanArchivist Day for the third year. Throughout the day our archivists and indexers who will be answering questions on the Visual History Archive and the archive field.
Friday, September 30, 2016
Jewish survivor Peter Silverman recalls attempting to take a bag of potatoes to his starving family with his cousin. They were stopped by a policeman and two collaborators, but were able to escape. This clip is part of the Visual History Archive's Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre collection.
Friday, September 30, 2016
Each year, USC Shoah Foundation welcomes a new intern from the Austrian Holocaust Memorial Service to work at the Institute as an alternative to his compulsory military service. Just a few weeks ago, Austrian intern number 13 Andro Ofenheimer started his ten months at the Institute.
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Over the course of the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research’s three-day conference “A Conflict? Genocide and Resistance in Guatemala,” over a dozen scholars from all over the world gave presentations about their research on various aspects of the Guatemalan Genocide. Here is a sample of just a few of those presentations.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
On Tuesday afternoon, the Center for Advanced Genocide Research’s conference, “A Conflict? Genocide and Resistance in Guatemala” will move away from academic analysis for a session entitled “Personal Reflections on Resistance.”
Friday, September 16, 2016
USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research’s conference “A Conflict? Genocide and Resistance in Guatemala” concluded Wednesday at Villa Aurora in Los Angeles, leaving the participants with renewed energy and ideas for continuing their conversation on the genocide in Guatemala.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Guatemalan Genocide activists Rosalina Tuyuc Velasquez and Marvyn Perez delivered impassioned remarks urging accountability and collective healing at the keynote presentation of the conference “A ‘Conflict?’ Genocide and Resistance in Guatemala” on Monday night.
Friday, September 30, 2016
Jewish survivor Anna Czajezncky remembers her escape from Auschwitz while working in the fields outside the camp. This clip is part of the Visual History Archive's Ottawa Jewish Archives collection.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Three eighth graders from Kansas have won the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes’ 2016 Discovery Award for their video about Armenian Genocide rescuer Emma Darling Cushman. The students and their teacher, Nathan McAlister, drew on USC Shoah Foundation for support and resources to help their passion project come to life.
Thursday, September 8, 2016
USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research will host the international conference “A Conflict? Genocide and Resistance in Guatemala,” at the University of Southern California, Sept. 11-14, 2016. The scholars profiled in this series were each selected to present their research at the conference.

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