Wolf Gruner, Director of the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research, has published two new books about discriminatory policies against two distinct groups: the Jews in the annexed territories of the Third Reich and the indigenous people of Bolivia in the 19th century.
cagr, wolf gruner / Monday, March 2, 2015
USC Shoah Foundation is pleased to provide closed captioning for IWitness activities and the IWitness Video Challenge, thanks to a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
iwitness / Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Three students from Budapest wrote short stories and poems inspired by testimony that they hope will teach others the importance of acceptance and remembrance.
iTeach, hungary, budapest, Andrea Szőnyi, Paula Lebovics / Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Most students are probably familiar with the iconic image of an immigrant sailing into New York Harbor under the welcoming arms of the Statue of Liberty. The activity "New Beginnings – Journey to America" introduces students to real people who did just that.
iwitness, IWitness activity, United States / Thursday, March 5, 2015
We are hiding from the fact that subsequent to Haman, Hitler was successful in carrying out the genocide of the Jews and the survivors of the Holocaust are better examples than Mordechai or Esther.
purim, op-eds, antiSemitism / Thursday, March 5, 2015
With IWitness in Rwanda entering its third year, organizing partners and educators came together in Kigali last week for a reflective workshop that revealed the incredible impact IWitness has already had on students and teachers.
iwitness, Rwandan Genocide, kigali genocide memorial / Friday, March 6, 2015
On March 8, 2015 there will be events all over the world celebrating the achievements of women for International Women’s Day. This year’s theme Make it Happen encourages action for advancing women’s rights and also recognizing the incredible and courageous work women do in various industries throughout the world.
international womens day, Womens Day, #IWD2015, Womens History Month, résistance, op-eds / Friday, March 6, 2015
Jeannie Woods was the only person from her school in Fort Payne, Al., to travel to Poland for "Auschwitz: The Past is Present," but she made sure she wasn't the only one to experience it.
past is present, poland / Monday, March 9, 2015
In February, I participated in an international conference titled Are we losing memory? Forgotten sites of Nazi forced labor in Central Europe. The event organized by the Terezin Initiative Institute and the North Bohemian Museum in Liberec brought together educators, researchers, archeologists and other experts from the Czech Republic, Poland and Germany to examine the disconnect between history of forced labor and regional history caused by the ethnic cleansing and population transfers after WWII in regions that were part of the German Reich.  
op-eds / Monday, March 9, 2015
USC Shoah Foundation Executive Director Stephen Smith was invited to speak at the Council of American Jewish Museums (CAJM)’s annual conference and the Ararat Home of Los Angeles’s Armenian Genocide Centennial Commemoration.
Stephen Smith, Armenian Genocide / Tuesday, March 10, 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.
iwalk, Czech Republic, Prague / Wednesday, March 11, 2015
V platformě IWitness je k dispozici nová aktivita v češtině nazvaná Příjezd do Osvětimi - fotografie a osobní prožitky. V průběhu této aktivity studenti zkoumají historické fotografie coby primární zdroj informací.
/ Thursday, March 12, 2015
Students examine Ellis Lewin’s testimony in the Information Quest about his life before, during and after the Holocaust.
iwitness, IWitness activity, ellis lewin / Thursday, March 12, 2015
Stunning works of art, film and writing have once again been given top prizes at Chapman University and The 1939 Society’s 16th Annual Holocaust Art & Writing Contest.
chapman, art, testimony, iwitness, jenna leventhal / Friday, March 13, 2015
USC Shoah Foundation CTO Sam Gustman is the keynote speaker at Tuesday’s Metadata Madness conference in Los Angeles, which will convene data experts from across the entertainment and technology industries to discuss the latest developments in metadata and distribution.
Sam Gustman, its, conference, visual history archive / Monday, March 16, 2015
The webinar will provide instructions and helpful tips for implementing the assignment and submitting students' entries to the contest.
iwitness video challenge, webinar / Tuesday, March 17, 2015
USC Shoah Foundation is planning to record 20 new testimonies for the second phase of its North Africa and Middle East collection. Fundraising is currently underway for this phase to begin.
testimonies of north africa and middle east, Africa, Middle East, jacqueline gmach / Wednesday, March 18, 2015
What does it mean to live 70 years after the liberation of Auschwitz in a world in deep crisis? What does it mean with all we know about the damage that hatred causes – after all the pain we have gone through – that we are hurtling out of control into an inferno of rage that takes us right back to where we started?  Why are survivors of the Holocaust who walked out of the camps with at least the hope that their own suffering was not in vain, dying disappointed?
anti-semitism, action, beginswithme, GAM, résistance, op-eds, antiSemitism / Wednesday, March 18, 2015
USC Shoah Foundation has published a new online exhibit and two new IWitness activities that expand the Institute’s educational offerings in terms of language and subject matter.
iwitness, IWitness activity, online exhibit, czech, Czech Republic, Roma Sinti / Thursday, March 19, 2015
Teachers in Hungary are once again invited to learn how to construct their own testimony-based classroom activities.
hungary, Teaching with Testimony, Teaching with Testimony in 21st Century, Andrea Peto, Andrea Szőnyi / Friday, March 20, 2015
With the arrival of new testimonies and indexers, USC Shoah Foundation is advancing to the next stage of its Preserving the Legacy initiative.
preserving the legacy, canada, indexing / Monday, March 23, 2015
Two months after her Auschwitz: The Past is Present trip to Poland, Karen Wells is more committed than ever to sharing what she learned and making sure the stories of survivors are not forgotten.
past is present, poland, Auschwitz70 / Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre (MHMC) and Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre in Toronto announced an historic agreement to have their testimonies integrated in the Visual History Archive as part of the Institute’s Preserving the Legacy initiative.
preserving the legacy, canada, visual history archive / Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Comcast subscribers will be able to watch USC Shoah Foundation testimonies and films exploring the theme of music on Comcast’s second annual Days of Remembrance: PastFORWARD broadcast.
comcast, days of remembrance, music / Friday, March 27, 2015
The Center is now in possession of over 40 boxes of documents from the historic Martin Marootian et al. v. New York Life Insurance Company class action lawsuit.
cagr, Armenian Genocide / Thursday, March 26, 2015
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide and the first integration of Armenian Genocide testimonies into the Visual History Archive, USC Shoah Foundation will release one clip from the Armenian Genocide collection on the Institute’s website each day for the next 30 days.
Armenian Genocide, Hagopian / Monday, March 30, 2015
Due to the ongoing political and military conflicts in their country, many students in Ukraine have something in common with Holocaust survivors: They have all experienced the fear and uncertainty of war.
Donetsk Ukraine, Ukraine, anna lenchovska / Tuesday, March 31, 2015
The Holocaust collection in USC Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archive contains nearly 53,000 testimonies; however, only a mere six of those testimonies are from survivors who were persecuted by the Nazis for being gay: one in English, three in German, one in French, and one in Dutch. There are other gay survivors we have in the Archive, but they were persecuted by the Nazis for the greater sin of being Jewish; Gad Beck being one of them. The meager number says a lot about the history of the gay men who lived through the Nazi regime and who came out the other end willing and unafraid to speak about their lives.
GAM, homosexuality, holocaust, homosexual, gay, survivor, Albrecht Becker, paragraph 175, gay pride, op-eds / Tuesday, March 24, 2015
On Tuesday, March 10, 2015, the USC Center for Advanced Genocide Research hosted a lecture from Dr. Peter Hayes who spoke before a packed room at USC on the complex relationship between anti-Semitism and homophobia exerted in Nazi-occupied territories during World War II. The Theodore Zev Weiss Holocaust Educational Foundation Professor at Northwestern University specializes in 20th-century German History, writing extensively on German industry under the Nazis. Monday's lecture, however, focused on the evolution of his views on a comparison that he was previously reluctant to address.
cagr, lecture, homophobia, homosexuality, anti-semitism, Peter Hayes / Wednesday, March 11, 2015