Institute Year in Review for 2017
Top Stories of 2017
Jan. 18, 2017
In addition to a large series of intricately detailed letters, the collection
includes Nazi flags, medals and other insignia, newspapers, brochures, photographs, and even shattered pieces of the swastika from atop the Nuremberg Stadium that was famously blown up by American forces at the end of the war.
Jan. 20, 2017
Coinciding with Inauguration Day, USC Shoah Foundation debuts an initiative developed to quell some of the divides and intolerance exacerbated by the election.
Feb. 8, 2017
The final 27 interviews bring to 103 the total number of testimonies in the collection about the 1937 massacre in China by Japanese invaders. There are now only 12 known Nanjing survivors who have not been interviewed by USC Shoah Foundation.
April 17, 2017
All of USC Shoah Foundation’s educational resources about the Armenian Genocide now live in a one-stop shop on the IWitness website that launched one week before the 102nd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
May 17, 2017
More students and teachers than ever before are entering the IWitness Video Challenge.
July 17, 2017
A comparison of USC Shoah Foundation’s fiscal year-end stats from 2016 and 2017 reveals the Institute’s ever-increasing impact around the world.
Aug. 16, 2017
The Last Goodbye, the virtual reality film about Holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter produced in partnership with USC Shoah Foundation, has its European premiere at the Venice International Film Festival in Italy.
'Stronger Than Hate’ Initiative: USC Shoah Foundation to Offer Resources and Training to Counter Hate
Aug. 22, 2017
The violent antisemitic and racist hatred seen in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August combined Nazi ideology with white supremacy and drew from the dark historical legacies of the Holocaust and slavery. This hatred revealed the fissures of a long-standing American cultural and identity crisis that requires long-term strategies to provide safe ways to explore identity and difference.
Aug. 25, 2017
Seven scholars from Latin America convene at USC Shoah Foundation for a collaborative research project on the Jewish diaspora to Latin America after World War II.
Sept. 6, 2017
The Museum of Jewish Heritage’s pilot NDT installation marks the world premiere of the NDT testimony of Eva Schloss, a survivor of Auschwitz-Birkenau and the posthumous stepsister of Anne Frank.
Sept. 7, 2017
USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research, in collaboration with the USC Digital Humanities Program, hosted an international conference that focused on the opportunities and challenges presented by the advancement of digital technologies.
Sept. 11, 2017
USC Shoah Foundation integrates the first 984 English-language transcripts into the Visual History Archive. It is the first such update since ProQuest began working on transcribing testimonies as part of its partnership with USC Shoah Foundation in 2016.
Sept. 13, 2017
“Pastrami, Tacos, Burgers: Continuity and Change in Boyle Heights” is published on IWitness, incorporating Holocaust survivor testimony clips into a guided walk through the historic immigrant community of Boyle Heights, Los Angeles.
Sept. 15, 2017
Holocaust survivor Edward Mosberg believes it is his duty to share what happened to him, his family, and millions of other Jews during World War II. He regularly shares his story with students all over the world.
Oct. 2, 2017
USC Shoah Foundation is announcing the release of Lala, a virtual reality film and educational resource that tells the true story of a dog that brightened the lives of a family interned by the Nazis in a ghetto in Poland during the Holocaust.
Oct. 12, 2017
Two-dozen student body leaders took part in USC Shoah Foundation’s first-ever convening of the Intercollegiate Diversity Congress Summit.
Oct. 25, 2017
The permanent New Dimensions in Testimony exhibit enables visitors to interact with the 13 survivors who were interviewed for the groundbreaking project, including seven who live in the Chicago area.
Nov. 28, 2017
USC Shoah Foundation Executive Director Stephen Smith and Director of Global Initiatives Karen Jungblut traveled to Bangladesh over the week of Thanksgiving to record interviews with Rohingya refugees who fled genocidal violence in Myanmar.
Dec. 12, 2017
On the 80th anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre, the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall in Nanjing, China, debuted its permanent exhibition of New Dimensions in Testimony (NDT), USC Shoah Foundation’s interactive survivor testimony technology.