Echoes and Reflections, a Holocaust education partnership program of USC Shoah Foundation, Anti-Defamation League and Yad Vashem, published a new lesson dedicated to teaching students about antisemitism as it exists in the world today.
echoes and reflections, anti-semitism, antiSemitism / Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Though still in its planning stages, the program will aim to humanize the experience of antisemitism by sharing firsthand testimonies of people who have been affected by it.
copenhagen, CATT, anti-semitism, antiSemitism / Wednesday, March 15, 2017
USC Shoah Foundation’s Junior Interns witnessed a disturbing example of modern antisemitism firsthand during their trip to Budapest in June. And they have something to say about it.
budapest, junior interns, antiSemitism / Monday, July 31, 2017
Testimonies from the Visual History Archive’s newest collection have been added to IWitness in time for the upcoming school year along with a Mini Quest multimedia activity.
CATT, iwitness, anti-semitism, antiSemitism / Friday, August 11, 2017
Now, a few weeks later, Lipstadt's remarks are more critically relevant than ever before.
advancement, antiSemitism / Thursday, September 7, 2017
The risk of the Holocaust is not that it will be forgotten, but that it will be embalmed and surrounded by monuments and used to absolve all future sins.   - Zygmunt Bauman 2018 Polish-Israeli Crisis: History, Trauma, and Politics of Cultural Memory The future of Polish-Israeli relations can be driven by compassion and forgiveness, or a retreat behind walls of fossilized antisemitism, essentialist prejudice, nationalistic egotism, and fear. 1968-2018
antiSemitism / Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Even absent this current era of “alternative facts” and “fake news,” the new Polish law making it a crime to point out Poland’s complicity in the Holocaust would be alarming.  But that it is occurring in today’s climate of demagoguery, heightened nationalism and ethnic tension – an unholy trio that threatens to metastasize on a global scale – is a troubling development. Poland’s effort has come under attack by Israel and stewards of Holocaust memory.
poland, op-eds, antiSemitism / Friday, February 9, 2018
As a non-Jew living in Paris, the scourge of antisemitism had, until recently, faded from my mind as a major concern. But my eyes were opened in 2016 when I was approached by the USC Shoah Foundation to executive produce for them a new collection of testimonies on contemporary antisemitism.
CATT, countering antisemitism through testimony, Mireille Knoll, op-eds, antiSemitism / Thursday, May 3, 2018
Like many countries around the world, we commemorated Labor Day on May 1 here in Germany. The day also coincided with the beginning of a new government position – commissioner for Jewish life in Germany and to fight antisemitism, but everyone refers to it as the “Antisemitism Commissioner.” The inaugural holder is Felix Klein, a career diplomat with an international law degree, who coincidentally happens to come from the same town I grew up in.
op-eds, antiSemitism / Friday, May 4, 2018
When Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas made the claim that Jews were targeted in the Holocaust for their “social function” in banking and not for their religion, he was not ranting from the podium or calling for death to the Jews. His approach was much more subtle, and therefore much more sinister.
Mahmoud Abbas, palestine, Israel, anti-semitism, op-eds, antiSemitism / Tuesday, May 8, 2018
UNESCO’s push is part of a wider effort to address rising incidents of antisemitic events, which in recent years have ranged from online hate speech to physical violence.
antiSemitism, unesco, stronger than hate, CATT, Countering Antisemitism / Friday, June 1, 2018
The two-week seminar at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in D.C. is meant to help university faculty make meaningful comparisons and to expand student awareness of Holocaust history.
antiSemitism, ushmm, wolf gruner, Jim Crow South, nuremberg laws, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum / Monday, June 4, 2018
It’s hard to imagine I’m even typing this sentence, but an avowed Holocaust denier is the official Republican nominee for an upcoming congressional election in Illinois, while a man whose website warns of a “Jewish supremacy” is running in California.
op-eds, antiSemitism / Monday, July 9, 2018
Those who openly deny the Holocaust are either apologists for the Nazis, right wing radicals, religious extremists, and all are antisemites, even if they deny that too.
Facebook, denial, op-eds, antiSemitism / Friday, July 20, 2018
USC Shoah Foundation Executive Director Stephen Smith joined a group of leaders from Holocaust and genocide-awareness organizations who signed a letter offering to meet with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who sparked controversy last month by saying he wouldn’t shut down accounts of Holocaust deniers.
antiSemitism, Facebook / Monday, August 13, 2018
My father was born and raised in Sighet, Romania, just down the road from the Elie Wiesel's simple blue childhood home. When the Nobel laureate's house was spray-painted with antisemitic slurs this summer, it felt like an attack on my own familial history.
elie wiesel, Lauren Deutsch, blog, romania, op-eds, antiSemitism / Monday, September 17, 2018
Racism. Holocaust denial. BDS. Students at USC Shoah Foundation’s second-annual Intercollegiate Diversity Congress Summit delved into some of the touchiest campus topics, and discussed ways to effect positive change.
intercollegiate diversity congress, antiSemitism, IDC, Summit, IDC summit / Monday, September 17, 2018
A film by USC Shoah Foundation featuring video testimonies on current antisemitism opened a high-level panel Wednesday organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) titled, “The Power of Education for Countering Racism and Discrimination: The Case of Anti-Semitism,” at the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly. 
antiSemitism, kim simon / Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Our hearts ache and our minds reel. Innocent lives have been lost at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh where a celebration of life was taking place. Now is a time to mourn those who have been wrenched away from their families at a time that should have been filled with joy. It’s a time to grieve for their families and friends who will forever struggle to understand what happened.
Pittsburgh, Squirrel Hill, Robert Bowers, antiSemitism, mass shooting / Sunday, October 28, 2018
BY STEPHEN SMITH. Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, a survivor of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp in Poland, is the first person I have spoken to since the mass shooting which left eleven dead at the Tree of Life synagogue. She does not waste time greeting me in the doorway of her home in London. “So what are we going to do Stephen? We are not making progress!”
Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, Pittsburgh, antiSemitism / Monday, October 29, 2018
The history of antisemitism is strewn with the corpses of Jews who could not get out of the way when words turned to violence. The slaying of innocent Jewish lives by Pittsburgh gunman Robert Bowers, who this weekend turned his rhetoric about killing Jews into the actual killing of Jewish people, is the latest example. We need laws to allow intervention much earlier, or this will not be the last time we see Jewish people die in America because they are Jews.
Pittsburgh, Tree of Life Synagogue, hate speech, op-eds, antiSemitism / Monday, October 29, 2018
Our thoughts are with the families and community of those who were murdered at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh -- the most deadly antisemitic attack in U.S. history. We have curated a handful of resources to help educators engage students in meaningful dialogue.
antiSemitism, educational resources / Wednesday, October 31, 2018
The survey by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights found that antisemitism pervades everyday life across Europe.
antiSemitism, CATT, EU, FRA, European Union, survey / Monday, December 10, 2018
Jewish track-and-field athlete Margaret Lambert remembers the pressure she felt when competing in the Adolf Hitler Stadium during the 1936 Olympic tryouts for a non-Jewish audience that objected to her presence. Maria Breitinger had her decathelon medal denied by her antisemitic school principal. Jules Forgacs remembers his first soccer match after liberation.
sports, margaret lambert, antiSemitism / Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Leading up to the one-year anniversary of the deadly synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, USC Shoah Foundation staff members trained educators in that metro area last week about how to use video testimonies of Holocaust witnesses as a tool to teach empathy, understanding and respect.
antiSemitism / Wednesday, October 30, 2019
We are alarmed by the recent wave of antisemitic violence targeting the Orthodox Jewish communities in the New York region, including at least ten incidents in the past week, culminating in a mass stabbing at a Chanukah celebration within the Monsey home of Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg. We mourn for the victims and their families. A voice of conscience calls on all of us to take action against these heinous attacks.
antiSemitism / Sunday, December 29, 2019
Hannah Lessing represents Austrian society’s desire to atone. Her unique job involves, among other things, tracking down Austrian Holocaust survivors or their kin – inside the country and out – to offer financial reparations. Lessing, the secretary general of the National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victims of National Socialism, came to USC Shoah Foundation this week to discuss a potential collaborative project with the Institute.
antiSemitism, reparations, Austria / Friday, March 22, 2019
Survivors and witnesses of the 2015 synagogue attack in Copenhagen were interviewed for a new collection on contemporary anti-Semitism.
anti-semitism, copenhagen, Denmark, testimony, antiSemitism / Wednesday, November 18, 2015
“Most leading authorities and publications use ‘anti-Semitism.’ I prefer ‘antisemitism,’ the spelling used by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. But this debate obscures the core issue: whether spelled anti-Semitism or antisemitism, we should retire the term entirely and begin calling it what it really is: Jew hatred.”
op-eds, opinion, antiSemitism / Tuesday, July 7, 2020
All university campuses are first and foremost places of learning. As such, I believe it is our duty to use this controversy as a teaching moment, for Jewish and non-Jewish students alike.
op-eds, opinion, antiSemitism / Thursday, September 3, 2020

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