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Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Emily Kocontes is a junior at USC studying Popular Music Performance with a minor in Music Industry. Emily has been interning with USC Shoah Foundation for the communications department since September of 2015. 
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Guest blogger Stacey Perlman is a Communications Writer at Facing History and Ourselves.
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Freddie Kotek is the Senior Vice President of Investment Partnership Division at Atlas Resource Partners, L.P. Kotek is the son and son-in-law of four survivors of the Holocaust and currently sits on USC Shoah Foundation’s Next Generation Council. Kotek is actively involved at Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County, where his three daughters graduated, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees. Through a fund set up in memory of his parents, SSDS Bergen is provided with funding for all aspects of Holocaust and genocide education.
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Isabella Sayyah joined USC Shoah Foundation as a writing intern in January 2016. She graduated from USC, where she was editor-in-chief of the Daily Trojan, in December 2015 with a B.A. in International Relations and Print and Digital Journalism. She will begin attending Stanford Law School in September 2016.
Friday, August 5, 2016
Benjamin Biniaz is a sophomore at Yale University. During his 2016 summer break he is interning with USC Shoah Foundation’s communication department. His family has been involved with the Institute for many years since his grandmother Celina Biniaz and great- grandmother Phyllis Karp gave their testimonies to the Visual History Archive in 1996.  
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Jenna Leventhal is the associate director of education - digital engagement and oversees IWitness. She received her master’s in public history from the University of Houston and in 2011 joined the staff of the USC Shoah Foundation to work on IWitness, while the educational website was still undergoing testing and development. Leventhal was first introduced to the USC Shoah Foundation as an undergraduate at UC Santa Barbara, working on a project for a public history course.  
Monday, October 10, 2016
Luis Hernandez is currently a senior at the University of Southern California. He is pursuing a B.A. in communication, with minors in Film and News, Media and Society. Hernandez is also a communications intern for USC Shoah Foundation. After graduation in the spring Hernandez hopes to attend graduate school for documentary filmmaking.  
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Jennifer Goss teaches AP U.S. Government and Politics, Virginia/U.S. History and a Holocaust and Genocide Studies elective at Robert E. Lee High School in Staunton, Va. Goss has a Master's in Holocaust & Genocide Studies and is an United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Teacher Fellow.
Friday, December 2, 2016
Elissa Frankle is the Digital Projects Coordinator for Museum Experience and Digital Media at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.
Monday, December 12, 2016
Holly Blackwelder is a senior majoring in East Asian Languages and Cultures with a focus on China and Mandarin Chinese at University of Southern California. She currently interns in the communicatoins department at USC Shoah Foundation.
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Emily Bengels is a middle school teacher of Gifted and Talented students at Readington Middle School in New Jersey. She also is in charge of the Enrichment program in her school. Bengels attended the 2015 Auschwitz: The Past is Present professional development program in Poland led by USC Shoah Foundation and Discovery Education to commemorate the 70th anniversary 
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Olga Burkhardt is a German journalist and scholar with a profound interest in the long-term impact of the Holocaust and other mass crimes on those individuals and groups who lived through them. Olga holds a bachelors degree in English and Sociology from Stuttgart University and a Masters degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of St Andrews. Currently, she is working on her Ph.D., also at the University of St Andrews, on healing and reconciliation in the aftermath of mass atrocity and genocide.
Monday, February 6, 2017
Rennie Svirnovskiy is a senior journalism and international relations student at USC, and a writing intern at USC Shoah Foundation.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Allison Vandal is a ninth grader at Hunterdon Central Regional High School in Flemington, New Jersey. Allison along with her classmates Caroline Waters and Maya Montell won the 2016 IWitness Video Challenge for their video project “Community of Poetry.”  
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Maya Montell is a ninth grader at Hunterdon Central Regional High School in Flemington, New Jersey. Maya along with her classmates Caroline Waters and Allison Vandal won the 2016 IWitness Video Challenge for their video project “Community of Poetry.”
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Caroline Waters is a ninth grader at Hunterdon Central Regional High School in Flemington, New Jersey. Caroline along with her classmates Allison Vandal and Maya Montell won the 2016 IWitness Video Challenge for their video project “Community of Poetry.”
Friday, February 10, 2017
Peg LeVine, Ph.D., E.D., is currently an Associate Professor in Global and Population Health at the University of Melbourne, Australia.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Svetlana Ushakova currently works in the collections department at USC Shoah Foundation as a content specialist. She received her doctoral degree in Russian history at the Novosibirsk State University, Russia. She is the author and co-author of several publications on the history of Soviet ideological campaigns, social mobilization, and adaptation methods used by peasant families to survive Soviet deportation and exile.
Monday, May 1, 2017
Shael Rosenbaum works in real estate development and management and is the President of Fremont Street Holdings. Shael served as the National Chair of the Canadian Young Adult March of the Living and is currently the Chair of the UJA Federation Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre in Toronto. Shael was also the Master of Ceremonies at the largest rally against antisemitism in Canadian history. Most recently, he graduated from the Joshua Institute. Shael obtained a degree in Biological and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Western Ontario.
Friday, May 5, 2017
Marisa Fox has written for the New York Times, Haaretz, Elle, InStyle, O, New York, Newsday, the Los Angeles Times and many other publications. She travels the globe for survivors who bear witness to her mother's unspeakable past and vows to break the silence and shame woven through generations.
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Megan Arizmendi is a recent USC graduate, with a Bachelor's degree in business administration and film. With a passion for the intersection of film and education, she was introduced to USC Shoah Foundation, and is an intern in the communications department. She is committed to helping educate future generations on genocide through the power of film, in hopes of preventing violence and discrimination in years to come.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Martha Stroud is the Research Program Officer for the Center for Advanced Genocide Research. An anthropologist with special interests in the anthropology of genocide, psychological anthropology, and Indonesia, Martha earned her PhD in Medical Anthropology from UC Berkeley in 2015. Martha’s research focuses on the Indonesian mass killings and detentions of 1965-1966 and their aftermath.
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Blake Humphrey is the Student Body President at West Virginia University and a member of USC Shoah Foundation’s Intercollegiate Diversity Congress. He will be participating in the upcoming Intercollegiate Diversity Congress Summit at USC Shoah Foundation in Los Angeles this October.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Badema Pitic is the Visual History Archive Program Coordinator at the Center for Advanced Genocide Research. Badema earned her PhD in Ethnomusicology from UCLA in 2017. She worked as a Curator at the Department of Ethnology of the National Museum of Bosnia-Herzegovina, and obtained her BA and MA in Ethnomusicology from the University of Sarajevo before moving to the United States.
Monday, April 9, 2018
David Adelman serves on USC Shoah Foundation’s Board of Councilors. David is the CEO of Campus Apartments LLC, a Philadelphia company that develops and operates on- and off-campus student housing. He is also the co-founder and vice chairman of FS Investments, a nationwide distributor of alternative investment products, and vice chairman of FS Investment Corporation, a publicly registered business development company focused on investing in the debt securities of private U.S. companies.
Monday, April 23, 2018
Eleanor Huntington writes and publishes curriculum for the Education department at USC Shoah Foundation. Before joining the USC Shoah Foundation, she served as a teacher, both in the United States and abroad. She received her Master’s in Cinematic Arts from USC.
Thursday, May 3, 2018
Marianne Lère is a Paris-based film & TV producer. In 2016 she joined USC Shoah Foundation as a consultant to executive produce a new collection of testimonies on contemporary antisemitism in Europe and more particularly in France, Belgium, Hungary, Denmark, Sweden and the UK. 
Thursday, May 17, 2018
An Academy Award winning filmmaker and Executive Producer, Writer and Director of the IDA Award nominated Original Netflix Documentary Series, Daughters of Destiny. Roth’s work over the years has earned her dozens of honors including Sundance Special Jury Prizes, Cine Golden Eagles, Casey Medals, International Awards for Social Justice, and a Dupont-Columbia Award. All of her films have been internationally released theatrically, on television and through digital platforms including Netflix, Amazon, PBS, HBO, A&E, ESPN, the Sundance Channel and Discovery.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Michele Mitchell is award-winning co-director of the critically acclaimed documentary The Uncondemned.
Monday, September 17, 2018
Lauren Deutsch is a sophomore at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, studying the History of Art. She was a 2018 summer intern at USC Shoah Foundation and has a personal connection to the Holocaust. 

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