USC Shoah Foundation to join United Nations Commemoration of Genocide Laws in Live Streamed Event.

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 4:19pm

United Nations - New York (Javier Carbajal)
USC Shoah Foundation Executive Director Stephen Smith will participate in a panel discussion Friday at a special event at the United Nations marking the 70th anniversary of the adoption of international laws to prevent genocide and punish its perpetrators.

Smith will discuss the challenges and opportunities of new technologies when teaching about genocide.

The event, which will feature remarks from UN General Secretary António Guterres, will also feature a demonstration of the Institute’s Dimensions in Testimony interactive biography that enables people to ask questions and instantly receive pre-recorded responses from Holocaust survivors.

Survivors featured in the presentation will be Pinchas Gutter, who was the only member of his family to survive the Majdanek concentration camp in Germany, and Eva Schloss, the last living relative of Anne Frank.

Hosted by the United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect, the event will be live streamed from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (PT) at

The special event commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity for the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and the Prevention of this Crime.