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Tuesday, September 6, 2016
In this clip from the new Echoes and Reflections lesson on Contemporary Antisemitism, Dachau liberator Felix Sparks explains why it is so important for him to speak out against Holocaust deniers.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Master Teacher Lesly Culp developed the lesson Coming to America after the War as part of a course on the theme The American Dream through Race, Class, and Gender. The lesson features testimony of Holocaust survivors as they describe their experiences of coming to America.
Friday, September 26, 2014
This lesson is developed as part of the teaching process in the 8th grade of elementary school. It is dedicated to Branko Lustig and his Oscar-winning film, Schindler’s List (1993). The lesson’s objectives include development of reading skills: prediction, skimming, scanning, inferring; listening skills: prediction, gist, listening for specific information, inference; speaking skills: fluency, accuracy, practice; and discourse skills: the ability to initiate discussion about choices and consequences of actions.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The lesson addresses the theme of resistance during the Holocaust. Through survivor testimony, students will understand that resistance can take many forms and can happen even under the most oppressive situations.
Monday, March 24, 2014
Participants in the 2009 Master Teacher Workshop speak about their experience working with the Visual History Archive, testimonies from which they will incorporate into  multimedia lessons that they will pilot in their classrooms this school year.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Rose Kaplovitz reflects on the end of WWII and liberation - featured in the IWitness activity Found Poetry – A Language Arts Lesson.
Friday, April 3, 2015
Additional educational resources 2013: USC SF testimony included in Yad Vashem’s multimedia classroom lesson Studying Genocide in the Context of the Holocaust.
Monday, August 4, 2014
Leo Hymas, United States Armed Forces and Buchenwald camp liberator speaks only for the second time in his life about a particular combat operation in Düsseldorf, Germany. This testimony clip was featured in the lesson, Heroes, from Teaching with Testimony in the 21st Century.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Seven Multimedia Lessons for the Classroom Designed for educators, Living Histories: Seven Voices from the Holocaust is a series of seven downloadable 30-minute testimonies with classroom lessons highlighting a range of eyewitness experiences related to the Holocaust from the Institute’s Visual History Archive. This series provides educators with the opportunity to broaden students' understanding of the complexity of eyewitness experiences. This series:
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Students may still be enjoying their summer vacation, but the new school year is just around the corner. USC Shoah Foundation has prepared a convenient one-stop-shop of all its educational resources to help educators plan to teach with testimony this year.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Studying the nine principles of economics through the lens of first-person video testimony will illustrate how choice and the economic decision-making process can be distorted by circumstance. In addition, by juxtaposing an exploration of the principles designed to underscore a free market and a free people with the extreme opposite circumstances the aim is to build an appreciation for government, government policy, and measured choices.
Friday, November 15, 2013
The 10-part Echoes and Reflections series continues with Lesson 9: Perpetrators, Collaborators and Bystanders
Thursday, November 21, 2013
The 10-part Echoes and Reflections series concludes with Lesson 10: The Children.
Friday, October 11, 2013
We continue the 10-part Echoes and Reflections series with Lesson 5: The "Final Solution."
Friday, October 25, 2013
We continue our 10-part Echoes and Reflections series with Lesson 7: Rescuers and Non-Jewish Resistance.
Friday, November 1, 2013
The 10-part Echoes and Reflections series continues with Lesson 8: Survivors and Liberators.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Developed by Rob Hadley and Kelly Watson, graduates of the USC Shoah Foundation’s 2010 Master Teacher Workshop, this three-lesson customizable set is designed to teach students about genocide by focusing on survivor and rescuer testimony of the Rwandan Genocide of the Tutsis in 1994. The first lesson, The History of Modern Rwanda through Photos, is a brief historical overview to provide an initial, basic understanding of the modern history of Rwanda that led up to the 1994 genocide.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Many students are familiar with the term or concept of the “Final Solution,” which was the Nazi plan to annihilate the European Jews; however, students may not be aware of the increasingly severe discriminatory measures that led up to and culminated in genocide of the Jews in Europe. This lesson via the testimony clips highlights this lesser-known topic.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
From Viral Video to Ethical Editing: what students need to know about working with testimony Lessons from Kony 2012: if participatory politics is the future, media literacy is a must Approaching the Tipping Point: a conversation with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Jean Sothere Ndamyuwera reflects on life after the genocide in Rwanda and the lessons he learned. He also speaks on the importance of tolerance and forgiveness. Jean’s testimony is featured in the IWitness activity, Information Quest: The Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda.
Monday, October 27, 2014
Nathan Offen recalls when he last saw his younger sister Miriam and his mother before they were deported to a concentration camp. He also speaks about the emotional and physical toll the splitting up of the family had on his father. His testimony is featured in Lesson 5 of Echoes and Reflections
Monday, December 21, 2015
A teacher in Hungary used testimony to introduce some of her school’s youngest students to Jewish culture.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Jewish survivor Elaine Siegel discusses her schooling throughout her childhood and teenage years. Her various teachers were Nazis, but only some would include their ideologies into lessons. As she grew up, she was labeled as "Jewish" and faced antisemitism in school.
Friday, March 15, 2019
Holocaust survivor Walter Freitag of New Zealand warned that the world has not absorbed the lessons of the Holocaust, noting in his 1997 interview with USC Shoah Foundation that groups in his country were still “assembling with Nazi intentions,” and that genocide in recent years had raged in Rwanda and elsewhere.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
The new Museum of the History of the Polish Jews in Warsaw is now offering educational programming for students that uses the USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
After learning the methodology of teaching with testimony and creating new lessons last year, the 2014 cohort of Teaching with Testimony in the 21st Century in Hungary returned for their follow-up session to share what they have learned.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Croatian Education and Teacher Training Agency launch national teacher training program.
Thursday, March 3, 2016
Educators in Hungary are encouraged to apply for this year’s Teaching with Testimony in the 21st Century program. The deadline is April 3, 2016.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
This September a new school year will begin in Ukraine and the first lesson students be taught is “Ukraine is united" and the lesson will be devoted to state integrity of Ukraine. A tough issue for the country engrossed into an ongoing military conflict and terrorist attacks.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Teacher Loranda Miletic was instrumental in the creation of innovative and highly popular Croatian-language lessons that teach students about the Holocaust through testimony.

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