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Thursday, May 11, 2017
Omer Bartov gave a lecture on May 8, 2017, on how the East Galician town of Buczacz was transformed from a site of coexistence, where Poles, Ukrainians, and Jews had lived side-by-side for centuries, into a site of genocide. What were the reasons for this instance of communal violence, what were its dynamics, and why has it been erased from the local memory? Professor Bartov is the 2017 Sara and Asa Shapiro Scholar at USC Center for Advanced Genocide Research.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Evgeniia Fizdel was born in 1923 in Odessa, then Ukrainian Socialist Soviet Republic (today Odesa, Ukraine). She lived with her parents in Odessa when in August 1937 her father, Adol’f Fizdel, was arrested as a “German spy” and sent to a Soviet concentration camp. In 1940, he was released from the camp. When the Germans invaded the Soviet Union in 1941, Evgeniia evacuated to Ufa, a city in the Urals, where she continued her medical training. In 1944, she was drafted into the Soviet army and as a military doctor and participated in the liberation of Poland and Germany.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
USC Shoah Foundation has made most likely its final trip to Nanjing, China, to record testimonies of Nanjing Massacre survivors.
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Liberator Thomas D'Aquino describes in this clip his impressions upon entering Dachau. Watch his full-length testimony at
Thursday, November 2, 2017
In this short clip, World War II veteran David Pollock talks about the impact that the devastation of the war had on what he wanted to do with his life as a post-war civilian. Watch his full-length testimony on
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Liberator Ernest James offers a word of advice to future generations about the importance of personal responsibility, especially the charge of democratic participation. Watch his full-length testimony at
Friday, February 24, 2017
100 Days to Inspire Respect Paul reflects on his hope that his testimony, and all of the testimonies collected by USC Shoah Foundation, can help teach respect to future generations.
Thursday, March 9, 2017
100 Days to Inspire Respect Renee Firestone is a Holocaust survivor who was interviewed by USC Shoah Foundation and went on to become an interviewer herself. She discusses the interviewing process and describes how listening to testimony is an emotional experience.
Thursday, November 2, 2017
World War II veteran Brendon Phibbs recounts liberating French dignitaries, including the premier, held captive by the Nazi's. He also mentions some infamous characters he and his troops rounded up around the same time. Watch his full-length testimony at
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center shares its New Dimensions in Testimony exhibit, featuring the new testimony of Fritzie Fritzshall.
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Holocaust survivor Miriam Ziegler describes her liberation from Auschwitz, first in her testimony for the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre in 1987 and then in her USC Shoah Foundation testimony in 1994.
Monday, July 31, 2017
Ernest begins his testimony by sharing a story about his father that has affected him his whole life.
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Holocaust survivor Max Buchbinder gives his final memories and pays tribute to his deceased family members at the end of his testimony.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
In this lecture, Dr. Boris Adjemian speaks about the making of Armenian archival collections of victims' testimonies after the genocide and the evolution of their historiographical uses.
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter describes how he, his mother and sister took the train to Warsaw posing as Christians - which meant that Pinchas's long payos, or sidelocks, needed to be cut. Pinchas describes the experience first in his testimony for the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre in 1993, and then in his testimony for USC Shoah Foundation in 1995.
Friday, January 27, 2017
100 Days to Inspire Respect Learn about how students had an impact on their communities after finding inspiration and insight from the testimonies in IWitness.
Friday, April 21, 2017
Holocaust survivor Tauba Weiss shares her frustration with losing her family and the more general loss of the Holocaust, while also being thankful for being able to share her testimony with Jewish Family and Children's Services.
Thursday, February 2, 2017
Drawing from testimonies of survivors from not only the Holocaust, but also genocides that occurred in Rwanda, China, Armenia and Guatemala, 100 Days to Inspire Respect will also include activities on xenophobia, multiple perspectives, and the “othering” of certain groups, among other themes.
Thursday, March 2, 2017
100 Days to Inspire Respect Emmanuel Muhinda describes the persecution of Tutsi and anti-Tutsi propaganda he witnessed before the genocide started in April 1994. His testimony is featured in the IWitness activity, Information Quest: The Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Four of USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research’s summer 2016 research fellows returned to the Institute on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, to share the outcomes of their fellowships and the impact of testimony on their work. All the fellows are studying or teaching at USC and spent at least several weeks in residence at the Center last summer to conduct research in the Visual History Archive.
Friday, September 15, 2017
Historian and filmmaker Christian Delage (Institut D’Histoire Du Temps Présent, Paris) gave a public lecture at the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research focusing on analysis of different forms of testimony — in war crimes trials, oral history repositories, and documentary - and his recent project collecting interviews about the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Chair: Jason Lustig, History, UCLA 
Monday, February 27, 2017
In her public lecture on Feb. 9, 2017, at USC, Robert J. Katz Research Fellow Teresa Walch outlines the process by which Jews in Berlin lost their rights, access to public spaces, ability to move freely, and finally their own homes, from 1933-38. Throughout her talk, Walch refers to the testimonies in the Visual History Archive that she has discovered of Holocaust survivors who describe living through this period and its effect on them.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Salpi Ghazarian Director of the Institute of Armenian Studies University of Southern California
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Varun Soni, JD, PhD Dean of Religious Life University of Southern California Dr. Soni reflects on the topic of empathy from his perspective as Dean of Religious life at the University of Southern California and his work in the fields of religious studies and law. From this interdisciplinary point of view, Dr. Soni bases his reflection on a clip of testimony by Floyd Dade, a liberator during the Holocaust, who tells of the impact liberating a concentration camp had on him.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Manuel Pastor, PhD Professor, Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity Director, USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) Director, USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII) University of Southern California
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Steven Lamy, PhD Professor of International Relations USC Dornsife Vice Dean for Academic Programs University of Southern California
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Allison Trope, PhD Clinical Professor of Communication Director of the Critical Media Project Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism University of Southern California
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Peter Mancall, PhD Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities Linda and Harlan Martens Director of the Early Modern Studies Institute Professor of History and Anthropology University of Southern California