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Monday, December 21, 2015
Seventy years ago, the Holocaust ended. Only 11 people who lived through it remain from the world of entertainment. Now, in gripping video testimonies, Oscar winners, actors, Dr Ruth and even Judy Garland's hairstylist tell their personal stories, filled with hope and horror, one last time and their themes of genocide, displacement and discrimination continue to resonate today.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
These resources make it possible for anyone to embark on the IWalks and hear the stories of survivors in the authentic locations where they experienced the Holocaust.
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Educators in Hungary were busy last weekend. USC Shoah Foundation hosted three of its programs for teachers: an ITeach seminar, an IWalk through the Budapest Jewish district, and the first-ever Hungarian IWitness Educator workshop.
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Witnesses for Humanity Collection
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Jonathan Friedman’s class at West Chester University in Pennsylvania is nearly finished with the culminating project of their study of the Holocaust in film: a documentary they constructed in IWitness.Friedman, who is currently Professor and Director of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at West Chester University, first learned of IWitness at the Association for Holocaust Organizations (AHO)’s annual conference in January 2015 at USC. He also served as a consulting historian at USC Shoah Foundation, then-titled Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, from 1997-2000.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
USC students have until March 16, 2015 to enter this year’s Student Voices Short Film Contest.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Katarzyna Łaziuk is a graduate of USC Shoah Foundation’s Teaching with Testimony in the 21st Century professional development program and is committed to educating her students about the Holocaust – almost entirely outside her own classroom.
Monday, March 2, 2015
Meg Lipstone and her son, Jack, 13, are eager to start spreading the word about IWitness as part of USC Shoah Foundation’s new IWitness Advocacy program.
Monday, May 18, 2015
Sally Ingram was first introduced to USC Shoah Foundation years ago, when her mother-in-law, Marione Ingram, gave her testimony to the Visual History Archive about her life in hiding during the war. Now, Ingram is using testimony and the IWitness Video Challenge to inspire her middle school students to deeply engage with survivors’ stories.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
The Czech project Ours or Foreign? Jews in the Czech 20th Century delivered materials and training to 600 educators in the last fiscal year and added a new unit on the Terezín family camp in Auschwitz-Birkenau featuring testimony clips from the Visual History Archive.
Friday, August 28, 2015
USC Shoah Foundation hosted a special event titled The Digital Future of Holocaust Memory and Education in Aspen, Colorado, yesterday, to introduce new supporters to the work of the Institute.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Last spring, as the world observed its annual commemorations of genocides like the Rwandan Tutsi Genocide and the Holocaust, the staff of The Hollywood Reporter got to talking about how many Holocaust survivors had Hollywood connections, and how many of them were still alive.
Monday, April 13, 2015
Caroline Friend’s journey to becoming the winner of the Student Voices Short Film Contest first began two years ago – when she entered the contest and lost.That didn’t deter her from entering again this year, and her dedication paid off. The jury awarded her film Helen Lewis: A Survivor’s Story first place for the 2015 competition, putting Friend well on her way to her goal of becoming a historical filmmaker.
Friday, April 3, 2015
2015: Anna Lenchovska incorporates testimony into her training course on tolerance and non-discrimination for police officers in Kyiv. The course is part of Ukraine's overhaul of its police force.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Elizabeth Vitanza teaches her students a multitude of skills, including French, video editing and project management, when she does her IWitness unit each year.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Madelon Bino and her husband Raoul weren’t quite ready to leave USC Shoah Foundation’s office in Los Angeles when the monthly public visit they attended on July 23 concluded.Instead, they headed straight for a computer as intern Sebastian Goditsch showed them how to access the Visual History Archive and start watching testimony. After just a few minutes, Madelon pointed at the screen and smiled.“That’s one of the interviews I did,” she said.
Thursday, August 13, 2015
The psychological focus of the testimonies in the Institute's new collection from Jewish Family and Children's Services (JFCS) of San Francisco meant that a new set of indexing terms had to be researched and developed.
Monday, August 24, 2015
When watching a testimony in the Visual History Archive, Liliane Weissberg pays close attention to the words the survivor is saying, and, just as importantly, to the silences in between those words.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
One of the members of the 2014 Teaching with Testimony in the 21st Century cohort in Hungary didn’t have any need for new lesson plans for his students, and in fact he didn’t even have a first day of school to prepare for: he’s retired. But he didn’t let that stop him from learning about how testimony can be used to teach students about genocide and tolerance.
Friday, October 30, 2015
Before taking his students on a tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, high school history teacher Ferenc Sós turned to IWitness.Sós is a graduate of USC Shoah Foundation’s Teaching with Testimony in the 21st Century program in Budapest, which introduces teachers to the methodologies of using testimony from the Visual History Archive in their lessons. He was a member of the 2013 cohort.
Monday, November 16, 2015
Aleksandra Visser started out as an aspiring cellist. Now, she’s researching Holocaust survivors for USC Shoah Foundation’s New Dimensions in Testimony project.Visser majored in music performance as an undergraduate at USC – she started studying cello at age seven – but when she realized she didn’t want to be a professional cellist, she decided to return to USC for a second bachelor’s degree in history.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Kia Hays is the Project Manager of New Dimensions in Testimony in the Collections Department. Kia joined USC Shoah Foundation shortly after graduating with her master’s in Public Diplomacy from the USC Annenberg School of Communications in 2013.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Lyndsay Fleming teaches sixth grade social studies at East Cobb Middle School in Marietta, Georgia.I first learned about IWitness from Jane Moore during a professional learning day. I was interested in using the website in my classroom because of the primary and secondary sources and interviews of Holocaust survivors. One of the major benefits of the website is the premade lesson and activities as well as being able to create your own. 
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Kurt Messerschmidt describes the aftermath and fear after the Kristallnacht Pogrom - an organized pogrom against Jews in Germany and Austria that occurred on November 9–10, 1938. Kristallnacht is also known as the November Pogrom, "Night of Broken Glass," and "Crystal Night." This testimony clip is featured in the IWitness activity, Information Quest: Kurt Messerschmidt.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Kurt Wehle, one of the post-WWII leaders of Czech Jewry, describes the postwar climate in Prague up to the Communist putsch of 1948, when he had to escape from Czechoslovakia. This testimony clip is featured in the new exhibit, “Shattered Hopes: Postwar Czechoslovakia as a Crossroads of Jewish Life,” at the Jewish Museum in Prague.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Julia Lentini describes the events on March 8, 1943, when the town mayor told her father that Julia's family would be deported from their home to Frankfurt for a few days. The family was deported to the Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp. This testimony clip is featured in the new IWitness activity: The Nazi Genocide Against the Rome and Sinti (Gypsy) People.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
USC Shoah Foundation Executive Director Stephen Smith joined 25 educators and researchers from Israel and Europe for an expert seminar today on Holocaust education in the 21st century.
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
As a daughter of Holocaust survivors, Doris Lazarus has dedicated her career to Holocaust education and remembrance. She has been a Docent at the Illinois Holocaust Museum for six years and is also a speaker on the Museum's Speaker's Bureau. Additionally, Doris was actively involved with the creation of the U.S. Holocaust Museum as well as the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center. From 1994-1998 Doris interviewed Holocaust survivors for USC Shoah Foundation and their testimonies are preserved in the Visual History Archive. 
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Doris Lazarus is a docent at Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, the first institution to pilot New Dimensions in Testimony (NDT), a collaboration between USC Shoah Foundation and USC Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT), in partnership with concept developer Conscience Display. Doris reads a letter she wrote to Holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter when he visited the museum in June 2015.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
A social anthropologist, Sandra Gruner-Domic, PhD, is the research expert on the Guatemalan Testimony Collection at USC Shoah Foundation. She is an experienced lecturer in sociology and gender studies at California State Long Beach University and USC. Her research interests are migration and gender, violence, displacement and genocide. Additionally she has researched, taught and published works on migration, race and ethnic relations, process of representation and identity in transnational context, global citizenship u.a. 

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