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Monday, February 10, 2014
I did not sleep well last night. It was not the kind of sleeplessness brought on by jet lag, stress or workload. It is best described as a kind of numbness that leaves one physically discharged, emotionally drained and deeply troubled. I just completed one the most sedentary days I’ve had in months, just sitting in a chair listening to one of the most intelligent, sophisticated, gentle, yet strong people I know tell me about his life.
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, January 7, 2015
Access copies of 34 testimonies given by holocaust survivors from Mainz, GermanyFor more information, please contact the USC Shoah Foundation:
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, April 3, 2015
USC Shoah Foundation Documentary Films Pamiętam (I Remember) (Broken Silence series, 2002). Academy Award® nominee Andrzej Wajda directed this Polish-language documentary about four survivors who were either helped or betrayed by their Polish neighbors. Other Polish-language educational resources produced by USC Shoah Foundation: Droga do ludobójstwa – sytuacja Żydów w latach 1939-1941 (The Road to Genocide: The Situation of Jews in the Years 1939-1941) for use in Auschwitz State Museum’s educational product
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.
Monday, November 9, 2015
The roundtable discussions and panels helped lay the framework for UNESCO to develop digital educational resources and a teacher’s guide.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
A French-language testimony exhibit that first launched on the ENS Lyon campus last April has been published online.
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Barbara Reichmann survived the Holocaust by going into hiding and concealing her identity. In order to survive, she volunteered to work as a Polish forced laborer, which brought her eventually to Ulm, Germany. She was liberated by French armed forces. In Munich, she met her husband, Leon Reichmann, and had a daughter. They eventually emigrated to the United States.
Monday, November 11, 2019
This dynamic panel discussion at USC Fisher Museum of Art will explore the inter-generational impact of mass violence through the lens of survival. Moderated by USC Shoah Foundation's Stephen Smith, the event will engage members of the Rwandan, Armenian, and Holocaust survivor and second-generation communities, as well as those dedicated to memory work
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Local liaisons and educators hosted an ITeach seminar about teaching with testimony at Berzsenyi High School on Saturday, Nov. 8 - the 14th ITeach seminar in Hungary this year.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Marissa Roy says she didn’t quite know what to expect when she went to Rwanda on the 2013 Problems Without Passports trip – and she wants this year’s class to have the same experience.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Matsuoka interviewed hundreds of Nanjing Massacre survivors and perpetrators and is nicknamed "the conscience of Japan."
Sunday, October 28, 2018
Our hearts ache and our minds reel. Innocent lives have been lost at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh where a celebration of life was taking place. Now is a time to mourn those who have been wrenched away from their families at a time that should have been filled with joy. It’s a time to grieve for their families and friends who will forever struggle to understand what happened.
Monday, December 2, 2013
Dans cet extrait, Max Jussmann relate la libération d’Auch (Gers) et les combats à l’Isle-Jourdain au sein du Bataillon Georges. Il rend hommage à l’engagement des étrangers dans les combats de la Libération.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
USC Shoah Foundation is pleased to provide closed captioning for IWitness activities and the IWitness Video Challenge, thanks to a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Rob Kuznia joined the communications department of USC Shoah Foundation as publicist last fall. Today, he is celebrating a major accomplishment from his previous life as a journalist: a Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
La Fundación Shoah USC– El Instituto para la Historia Visual y Educación une fuerzas con La Fundación de Antropología Forense de Guatemala (FAFG), una organización forense guatemalteca, para recopilar videos con testimonios de los sobrevivientes y testigos del Genocidio Guatemalteco, en el cual murieron cerca de 200.000 civiles, principalmente indígenas maya, a principios de la década de 1980 a manos de una junta militar cual líder fue declarado culpable de genocidio y crímenes de guerra en mayo de 2013.
Monday, April 25, 2016
Aleksan Markaryan’s crystal-clear memory of the genocide against the Armenian people in 1915 has given him the distinction of being the last survivor interviewed by the Armenian Film Foundation for its collection of Armenian Genocide survivor and witness testimonies.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
A lecture by Benjamin Madley (University of California, Los Angeles) USC, Social Sciences Building, Room 250 
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
A Rohingya refugee’s account of her last days at home The Rohingya are a predominantly Muslim ethnic minority who have lived in Myanmar for hundreds of years but were effectively stripped of their citizenship by the Myanmar government (then known as Burma) and made stateless in 1982. A campaign of genocidal violence that began in August 2017 has pushed some 650,000 ethnic Rohingya from Myanmar to Bangladesh, where they live in what is now the largest refugee camp in the world.
Monday, November 18, 2013
The Haverford School and Main Line Reform Temple – Beth Elohim will host workshops for teachers and students to learn about IWitness, USC Shoah Foundation’s educational website that uses testimony to teach via engaging multimedia-learning activities.
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Clara Isaacman (née Heller) est née à Borsa, en Roumanie, avant la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Sa famille quitte la Roumanie à cause de l’antisémitisme rampant et rejoint Anvers (Belgique) à la fin des années 1920, alors que Clara n’est encore qu’une enfant. Le père de Clara, Shalom, est diamantaire et possède une fabrique de soude. Clara fréquente une école hébraïque et une école publique à Anvers.
Thursday, June 29, 2017
The Fourth of July has become an annual norm for me - filled with hot dogs and hamburgers, red white and blue. However, this year is a bit different for me. Working at USC Shoah Foundation has opened my eyes, and taught me that this holiday goes far beyond the parties and decorations.
Thursday, May 3, 2018
As a non-Jew living in Paris, the scourge of antisemitism had, until recently, faded from my mind as a major concern. But my eyes were opened in 2016 when I was approached by the USC Shoah Foundation to executive produce for them a new collection of testimonies on contemporary antisemitism.
Friday, May 24, 2013
Jewish Holocaust SurvivorInterview language: PolishAlina Margolis and her friend were hidden under false identity in a Polish family. The family was nationalistic and when the father of this family discovered that his neighbors’ nanny was hiding two little Jewish boys under the terrace he decided to hand them over to the Germans.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Patti Giggans has been the executive director of Peace Over Violence since 1985, but her passion for social justice began before she even got her high school diploma. “As a sophomore in high school geometry class I remember reading William Shirer's The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich,” Giggans said. “I read it on my lap... I flunked geometry.”
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Paul Engel was born into a middle-class Jewish family on May 4, 1922 in Vienna, Austria. He had a younger brother, Robert. When World War I broke out in 1914, his father, Eduard, was drafted into the Austro-Hungarian army. Captured as a prisoner of war, he spent six years in Siberia working in a coal mine, finally reuniting with his family in 1920. In Vienna, Eduard owned a perfume wholesale business. Before the war, Paul attended a primary school and was accepted to a Gymnasium in the 14th district of Vienna.
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Bella Arnett (née Froman) voit le jour le 6 septembre 1917 à Varsovie (Empire russe, actuelle Pologne). Elle a trois frères et deux soeurs. Le père de Bella, Chaim, est un shoikhet - travaillant à l’abattage rituel des animaux selon la tradition juive. Il observe Ger Hasidism et est un membre respecté de la communauté locale. Avant la guerre, Bella fréquente une école polonaise et reçoit une éducation juive à la maison. Varsovie est envahie par les nazis en septembre 1939 ; une année plus tard, la famille

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