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Monday, August 24, 2015
I invite you to view a clip of Norma Dimitry’s testimony. The clip is subtitled into Czech, just in case some of my fellow Czechs were interested in learning more about the last time our country provided at least a safe transit route if not a safe haven to a mass of people.
Friday, June 17, 2016
June 20th is recognized by the United Nations as International Refugee Day to raise awareness of the plight of the refugees around the world. In the Visual History Archive, the testimonies of genocide survivors include their personal experiences as refugees. As of now, the world is facing the biggest refugee crisis since World War II. To shed light on the current and past refugee crisis explore 10 interesting facts about the refugee experience.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
USC Shoah Foundation presents 24 stories of genocide survivors who recall their experiences as refugees in their testimonies preserved in the Visual History Archive. Each clip of testimony to inspire, inform and shed light on the impact of war, genocide and massacre forcing individuals from their homes.  
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Max Wald describes the Galician refugee experience in Bohemia during World War I. Max was born in Berehomet in Bukovina and grew up in Sokoliki in Galicia. In September of 1914 the family escaped from the frontline and was gradually evacuated to Chrast u Chrudimi in Bohemia.
Friday, June 17, 2016
June 20 is recognized by the United Nations as International Refugee Day to raise awareness of the plight of the refugees around the world.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
This video introduces students to the definition of "refugee" and the experiences of refugees of the 20th century to today.
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Jewish survivor Ida Chait talks about her experience as a Jewish refugee in Komi, Russia and having to relocate to Samarkand in cattle cars on a journey that took over 30 days. She and her family had to live on the streets of Samarkand for 6 weeks, until her father was able to get a job as a tailor.
Friday, June 20, 2014
June 20 is World Refugee Day, dedicated to raising awareness about refugees throughout the world, a day on which I inevitably always look back on the formative years of my life.In 1991, my family and I were forced out of our home in Croatia because of our ethnic origin, and we began a life of exile, torn from everything known and dear to us and forced to swim in the uncharted waters of life as a refugee. Our lives had been changed drastically; a life of abundance had become a life of misery. 
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Jewish survivor Walter Joelson talks about his experience at Busserach, the refugee camp in Switzerland. He describes the difficult conditions he was forced to endure but says that he was simply happy to be free and not living in fear anymore. He also says that some of the Swiss people expressed kindness to him by supplying him with socks and other supplies.  
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Kimberly Cheng’s lecture, “American Dreams: Jewish Refugees and Chinese Locals in Post-World War II Shanghai,” examined the collision of cultures in Shanghai, which was significantly influenced first by the persecution of Chinese by Japanese invaders throughout the country, then by the influx of Jewish refugees, and after the war ended, by the arrival and presence of U.S. troops.
Monday, March 21, 2016
At the spring gathering of the Union of Civics Educators in Prague on March 19, teachers learned about IWitness as a tool for teaching about refugees.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
As the indexer for USC Shoah Foundation’s Armenian Genocide Testimony Collection, I have to listen carefully to hundreds of testimonies assigning keywords to each minute so that these stories will be accessible in the Visual History Archive. Now just in time for the 101st anniversary of the Armenian Genocide we will be integrating an additional 155 indexed testimonies into the Archive. I thought this would be a fitting time to highlight some of the most interesting aspects of the 245 testimonies that will be available in the Visual History Archive Online.
Monday, August 24, 2015
The President of the Republic went on record to tell the prospective immigrants “nobody invited you here!” Refugees escaping from a murderous regime are regarded as agents of that very regime. Concerned citizens who never saw a refugee discuss them with great fear: refugees will take our jobs, kill our wives, rape our daughters. “We may take a few of those who can prove they are and always were Christians,” some interior ministry clerk declared.
Monday, April 4, 2016
While the average USC student was dragging themselves out of bed to make it to their first class after Spring Break, I was--rather jet-lagged--sitting in an 800 year old room cloaked in paintings of old intellectuals and world renowned writers in a tiny corridor of Hertford College at Oxford University, wondering how on Earth I could be so lucky to miss a week of school to hang out at one of the oldest, most prestigious centers of learning in the history of Western Civilization.
Friday, March 10, 2017
Through this set of resources, students learn about the immigrant and refugee experience, including specific definitions for migrant groups, the processes by which newcomers settle into their new home countries and the complex and difficult experience it can be.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
A new exhibit on the USC Shoah Foundation website takes a closer look at the stories of refugees during World War II. It is inspired by the current refugee crisis in Europe.
Monday, November 27, 2017
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Continuing its partnership with USC Shoah Foundation, The Florida Holocaust Museum (FHM) education staff have authored an IWitness activity introducing students to the challenges faced by Holocaust refugees, titled “Walter Loebenburg: Refugee Experiences During the Holocaust.”
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
A public lecture by the 2017-2018 Research Week team Lorena Ávila (Centro Internacional de Toledo para la Paz, Colombia) Daniela Gleizer (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México) Emmanuel Kahan (Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina) Nancy Nichols (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile) Yael Siman (Universidad Iberoamericana, México) Susana Sosenski (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México) Alejandra Morales Stekel (Director, Interactive Jewish Museum of Chile, Chile)
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Call for Papers: International Conference "In Global Transit: Forced Migration of Jews and other Refugees (1940s-1960s)" May 19-22, 2019 Conference at GHI WEST and The MAGNES Collection of Jewish Art and Life at the University of California, Berkeley Conveners: - Simone Lässig (German Historical Institute Washington/GHI West, UC Berkeley) - Wolf Gruner (USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research, Los Angeles) - Francesco Spagnolo (The Magnes, UC Berkeley) - Swen Steinberg (University of Dresden)
Monday, November 5, 2012
Kori Street receives Tikkun Olam Award
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
The Program Specialist – Visitor Experience will report to the Program Manager – Program Development and be part of the Executive Office team. This individual will coordinate communications with all visitors to the USC SF whether they are in person, online or on the phone. They will be responsible for coordinating the visitor experience program, including determining the program and agenda for visits, liaising with department staff, scheduling spaces and hosting visitors. They will support staff across the institute who participate in visits.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Friday, April 18, 2014
Monday, March 19, 2018
Offered through UCLA's Collegium of University Teaching Fellows program, this course focuses on historical and contemporary cases of refugee migration, with an emphasis on the musical activities of refugees. While centering on refugee music from the Middle East, the course also covers the music of Southeast Asian and Central American refugee communities in Southern California, music education in refugee camps in Guinea and Kenya, and the music of Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany. 
Friday, June 20, 2014
Gerda Abraham describes being a refugee and living in a displaced persons camp in Algeria.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Henry explains how difficult it was to survive in a new country a young refugee.
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Armenian Survivor Louis Genjian talks about his difficult journey alongside other Armenian refugees after leaving behind their homes. At night, Turkish men would come and steal young girls and children, never to be seen again. The refugees hardly slept at night and had to keep walking every day or be left behind.

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