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Monday, March 16, 2015
Eli Benyacar describes life in the Salonika Ghetto in Greece including the cramped apartment shared between multiple families. Eli also recalls how a Greek policeman notified his family that men were being deported to Auschwitz and helped the men in the family escape the deportations. However, the next day Eli and his brother found out that everyone including woman were deported so they returned to be deported with the rest of their family.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Throughout August 1944 the Lodz ghetto was liquidated until almost all the ghetto inhabitants were finally deported to Auschwitz. Philip Ravski recalls the liquidation and how his family evaded deporation until the end of August.
Monday, October 7, 2013
The Jewish Museum in Prague recently debuted a new exhibit dedicated to the Nazi-produced films about the Terezin (Theresienstadt) concentration camp. The Visual History Archive is also a unique resource for Terezin remembrance.
Monday, January 13, 2014
Ya`aḳov Ḥa´ndali remembers the deportation from Salonika ghetto in Greece to Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. Ḥa´ndali also recalls the horrible conditions of the eight day long trip in a cattle car. This testimony clip will be featured in the UNESCO exhibit “Journeys Through the Holocaust.”
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Bella Fox recalls the terrifying experience of arriving to Auschwitz-II Birkenau from the Sighet ghetto in Romania. Bella’s testimony was collected by the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre and will be integrated into the Visual History Archive part of the Preserving the Legacy Initiative.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
USC Shoah Foundation and Discovery Education will host an interactive virtual experience for middle- and high-school students worldwide to provide a deeper understanding of the Holocaust.
Thursday, January 23, 2014
The existence of the city dates back at least to 12th century. Following the partition of Poland in 1772, the city was annexed to the Habsburg Austrian Empire, returning to Polish rule only after the end of WWI. During that time, Oświęcim became an industrial center and an important railroad junction. Jewish population in 1921 was 4,950. On the eve of World War II, there were about 8,000 Jews in the city, over half the whole population. Oświęcim was occupied immediately at the beginning of WWII. By October 1939, it was annexed into Greater Germany.
Friday, May 24, 2013
Jewish Holocaust Survivor Interview language: Spanish Ana Benkel de Vinocur describes her first impressions of the Auschwitz II-Birkenau Concentration Camp upon arrival from the Lódz Ghetto in May 1944. She remembers her reaction when the heavy doors of the deportation train opened and she saw prisoners, in striped uniforms, bald, looking like skeletons. She speaks of the seizure of all her belongings and of a selection process in which she remained with her mother, but was separated from her father and brother.
Monday, January 27, 2014
Avant Auschwitz, la ville d´Oświęcim avait une communauté juive diverse et prospère. Cette vidéo donne un éclairage sur cette période oubliée, un regard sur la vie d’avant Auschwitz, à travers des récits à la première personne, de celles et ceux qui ont y ont vécu.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Die Existenz der Stadt geht mindestens auf das 12. Jahrhundert zurück. Im Zuge der Teilung Polens im Jahr 1772 wurde die Stadt in die österreichische Habsburgermonarchie integriert und erst nach dem Ende des Ersten Weltkrieges wieder ein Teil Polens. In dieser Zeit wurde Oświęcim zu einem Industriezentrum und einem wichtigen Eisenbahnknotenpunkt. Im Jahr 1921 lebten in Oświęcim 4.950 Juden, wobei die Anzahl bis zu dem Beginn des Zweiten Weltkrieges auf 8.000 anstieg, wodurch zu dieser Zeit mehr als die Hälfte der Bevölkerung Oświęcims jüdisch war. Direkt nach dem Ausbruch des Zweiten Weltkrieges wurde Oświęcim von deutschen Truppen okkupiert und im Oktober 1939 an das Großdeutsche Reich angeschlossen.
Monday, January 27, 2014
Historie města sahá nejméně do 12. století. Po prvním dělení Polska roku 1772 bylo město anektováno k habsburskému Rakousku, k polské správě se vrátilo až po skončení první světové války. Mezitím se Osvětim stala průmyslovým centrem a důležitou železniční křižovatkou. V roce 1921 mělo město 4 950 židovských obyvatel. V předvečer druhé světové války žilo v Osvětimi 8000 židů, přes polovinu populace města. V říjnu 1939 bylo město připojeno k Velkoněmecké říši.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
L'esistenza della città risale al XII secolo. Dopo la spartizione della Polonia nel 1772, la città fu annessa all'impero asburgico austriaco, tornando al governo polacco solo dopo la prima guerra mondiale. Durante quel periodo, Oświęcim divenne un centro industriale e un importante nodo ferroviario. Popolazione ebraica nel 1921: 4.950. Alla vigilia della seconda guerra mondiale c'erano circa 8.000 ebrei in città, oltre metà della popolazione. Oświęcim fu occupata subito dopo l'inizio della seconda guerra mondiale. Nell'ottobre 1939 fu annessa Grande Germania.
Friday, May 24, 2013
Jewish Holocaust SurvivorInterview language: ItalianPiero Terracina recalls January 1945 in Auschwitz II-Birkenau, where he witnessed SS guards leaving the camp. Upon their return, he was forced to participate in a death march where he managed to escape his wardens and seek refuge in Auschwitz I. On January 27, 1945, he recalls the first arrival of the Soviet armed forces in the camp and describes the first inmates' reaction to the liberators.
Friday, May 22, 2015
In the fascinating short documentary The Past is Present, teachers and students share their experience going to Poland to learn from testimony and commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
Monday, September 15, 2014
As part of the program, 100 survivors of Auschwitz, the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp, will travel to Poland to attend and participate in the official observance of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz on Jan. 27, 2015.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
The 45-minute live-streamed broadcast provided a personalized look at USC Shoah Foundation’s recent trip to Poland for the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

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