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Monday, February 24, 2014
Pianist Alice Sommer reflects on the musical performances and Czech composers she knew in Terezín (also known as Theresienstadt camp-ghetto). Alice Sommer died February 23 2014 in England; she was 110 years old and the oldest known Holocaust survivor.
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.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Jan Karski recognized as Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem for risking his life in order to alert the world about the Holocaust. For World Humanitarian Day Karski speaks on the importance of standing up against intolerance.
Friday, March 24, 2017
100 Days to Inspire Respect After escaping the ghetto in Lwów, Poland in the early 1940s, Lilit—at the time barely even a teenager—encountered a dangerous militiamen who recognized her. She was saved only by her own quick thinking.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Dorothy Zoltek, a Warsaw Ghetto and Holocaust survivor, said she knew Emanuel Ringelblum's family well. She discusses their relationship in this testimony, recorded in 1985 by the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre in Toronto. The testimony is stored in USC Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archive.  
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Jewish Survivor Irene recounts her experience of being liberated by the British Army from the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany in April 1945. She describes that by the time of her liberation she was too sick and too desensitized by her experiences to feel any emotions even though she realized the war was over.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Anna helped to smuggle gunpowder collected from the factory where her sister worked to Sonderkommando prisoners at a crematorium in Auschwitz II-Birkenau. The Sonderkommando led a revolt that destroyed the crematorium, and almost all of them were killed along with Anna’s sister and three other female prisoners who helped to organize the uprising.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Located northwest of Drohobycz in the Lwów voivoship in Poland (after the war Drogobych, Ukraine), the Bronica Forest was the site of massacres of the local Jewish population by the Nazis in 1942 -1943. The Jews were taken from the Drohobycz ghetto to the Bronica forest to be killed until the closing of the ghetto in June 1943. Nearly 11,000 Jews were killed on that site, including Al’fred Shraer’s mother and maternal grandfather. He speaks in Ukrainian about the history of the monument standing on the site and explains how the executions took place.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Jean Sothere Ndamyuwera reflects on life after the genocide in Rwanda and the lessons he learned. He also speaks on the importance of tolerance and forgiveness. Jean’s testimony is featured in the IWitness activity, Information Quest: The Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda.
Monday, October 27, 2014
Nathan Offen recalls when he last saw his younger sister Miriam and his mother before they were deported to a concentration camp. He also speaks about the emotional and physical toll the splitting up of the family had on his father. His testimony is featured in Lesson 5 of Echoes and Reflections
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Jewish survivor Elaine Siegel discusses her schooling throughout her childhood and teenage years. Her various teachers were Nazis, but only some would include their ideologies into lessons. As she grew up, she was labeled as "Jewish" and faced antisemitism in school.
Friday, March 15, 2019
Holocaust survivor Walter Freitag of New Zealand warned that the world has not absorbed the lessons of the Holocaust, noting in his 1997 interview with USC Shoah Foundation that groups in his country were still “assembling with Nazi intentions,” and that genocide in recent years had raged in Rwanda and elsewhere.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Jaroslav Kraus popisuje svůj útěk z evakuačního transportu. Šlo o stejný transport, který se později proslavil díky povídce Arnošta Lustiga a filmu Démanty noci Jana Němce. Jaroslav Kraus se narodil roku 1922 v Praze. Podle zákonů platných na území Protektorátu pocházel z takzvaného "smíšeného manželství". Přežil ghetto Terezín, a tábory Osvětim - Birkenau, Buchenwald, a Meuselwitz. Žije v Praze.
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.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Gender: FemaleBorn: 10/28/1935City of Birth: Lwów, PolandGhetto(s): LwówCountry of Interview: U.S.A
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Sigmund Tobias and his family fled Berlin, Germany, and arrived in the Hongkew district of Shanghai about June 1939. There, he attended the Shanghai Jewish Youth Association School and the Mir Yeshiva. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, the Tobias family, along with most of the Jewish refugees in Shanghai, were forced by the Japanese to live, under difficult conditions, in the Hongkew ghetto. He describes his visit to Shanghai in 1988, almost 50 years after his arrival there as a refugee from Germany.
Friday, January 24, 2014
Sonia Klein (née Joskowicz) was born on June 16, 1925 in Warsaw, Poland. Her parents Itzack and Jospa Joskowicz, ran a family business selling fruit, vegetables, wood, and coal. Sonia was the oldest of three children; she had a sister and a brother. Before the war, she attended a public school and aspired to be a teacher.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Sesso: MaschileData di nascita: 26 Gennaio 1933Città di nascita: Roma, ItaliaGhetto/i:Campo/i:
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Sesso: MaschileData di nascita: 30/ 04 / 1915Città di nascita: Livorno, ItaliaGhetto/i:Campo/i:
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Sesso: FemminileData di nascita: 25/ 09/ 1919Città di nascita: Guastalla, ItaliaGhetto/i:Campo/i:
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
November 11, 2014:   How can analyses of Holocaust witnessing be approached in spatial terms? Simone Gigliotti's lecture drew primarily on the USC Shoah Foundation testimony of two Holocaust-era witnesses with postwar profiles of testimony giving—a slave laborer in a death brigade, and a ghetto internee who survived on false papers. Gigliotti uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to render the witness testimony in spatial terms.
Friday, August 19, 2016
Frances Zatz describes the Polish Home Army's uprising in Warsaw, Poland in August 1944, which was spurred by the belief that Soviet forces across the Vistula River would liberate them. The Soviet army did not intervene, leaving the Warsaw inhabitants to defend themselves against heavy German fire. Among Warsaw Rising fighters were Polish Jews who survived Warsaw Ghetto Uprising that took place a year earlier. Some of them were prisoners of Gesiowka Concentration Camp liberated by Polish Home Army at the very beginning of the Risin, on August 4th, 1944.
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Max Schindler remembers the German occupation of Poland and his family’s decision to return to their grandmother’s small village to evade the Nazis. He recalls how even though there were anti-Jewish measures including expulsion from school, his family’s Jewish owned store still operated in the small town. Just weeks before the Nazis issued an edict forcing all Jews into a ghetto, Max celebrated his bar mitzvah.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Biographical Information about Michael Zelon Born April 16, 1922Plock, Poland Date of Interview November 27, 1998 Location of Interview California, U.S.A. Length of Interview 2:13:54 Ghetto(s) Bodzentyn (Poland: Ghetto)Plock (Poland: Ghetto) Camp(s) Soldau (Poland: Concentration Camp)Tschenstochau (Poland: Concentration Camp) (generic)
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Bella Arnett (née Froman) was born on September 6, 1917 in Warsaw, Russian Empire (now Poland). She had three brothers and two sisters. Bella’s father, Chaim,was a shoikhet, performing the ritual slaughter of animals according to Jewish tradition. He observed Ger Hasidism and was a respected member of the local community. Before the war, Bella attended a Polish school and received Jewish education at home.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Chair: Cyrus Shahabi, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Spatial Sciences, USC
Friday, January 24, 2014
Moshe Shamir (name at birth Schmucker) was born in an Orthodox Jewish family on April 17, 1922 in Cernauti, Romania (today Chernivtsi, Ukraine). His father,Avraham, was a teacher in a Hebrew school. He died when Moshe was only five years old. Moshe’s mother, Rifka, raised him and his older brother, Menachem,on her own. Moshe attended a four-grade Yiddish school, was a member of the Gordonia Zionist youth movement, and sang in the Jewish Choral Temple choir. Hestarted apprenticeship in a haberdashery store at the age of twelve.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Richard Rozen remembers hiding with his family in an attic of a small cabin on a farm in Poland for over two years. At night when everyone was sleeping Richard’s father gave him writing and reading lessons. Richard’s testimony is featured in the book, Testimony – The Legacy of Schindler’s List and the USC Shoah Foundation.
Monday, December 29, 2014
Lesly Culp decided to teach with eyewitness testimony to the Holocaust from the Visual History Archive to teach her students on what it means to be human. An extremely valuable lesson. ‪#‎BeginsWithMe‬ launches in two weeks!
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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