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Friday, February 10, 2012
On February 10-11, the USC Shoah Foundation hosted a two-day event devoted to a multi-faceted inquiry of memory and its manifestations in individual and public life.  Sponsored by The Dornsife Commons, the event was led by USC Shoah staff member Dr. Dan Leshem.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
The Institute recently conducted its inaugural Leichtag Family Foundation Master Teacher workshop, Teaching with Testimony, for middle and high school teachers in Southern California.  The goal of the workshop was to provide participants with training on how to develop testimony-based classroom lessons and integrate testimony from the Institute’s archive into existing curricula.  Participants are members of the Institute's Teacher Innovation Network.  To learn more about the workshop and Teacher Innovation Network, click here.
Thursday, December 12, 2013
On the 76th anniversary of the start of the Nanjing Massacre, a commemoration was held including the last remaining survivors, some of whom gave their testimony, which will be a part of the Nanjing collection in the USC Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archive.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
In 2007, the Institute partnered with the Croatian Ministry of Science, Education, and Sports, and the Education and Teacher Training Agency, to create materials for Croatian classrooms based on testimonies from Croatia.  Through this program, a group of teachers in Croatia created six classroom lessons based on testimonies designed to help students learn about the history of the Holocaust and the impact of history on their own lives.  The program continues with teacher training sessions designed to encourage the use of these materials throughout Croatia.
Friday, December 19, 2008
The Institute is working with the Holocaust Documentation Center (DHS) in Slovakia to assist the development of additional lessons based on testimony from the archive.  At a DSH-organized seminar in Bratislava, Martin Šmok presented clips of testimony from local survivors, and two lesson authors–Eva Kizáková and Alica Virdzeková–demonstrated their lessons to the participants.Album posted on:  December 19, 2008 
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
On Wednesday, November 30, 2011, four inspiring young men from Rwanda's Kigali Genocide Memorial Center spoke about their mission to document the past, and the purpose of taking testimony.  Diogene Mwizerwa, Paul Rukesha, Martin Niwenshuti, and Yves Kamuronsi addressed how they will use the infrastructure of the Shoah Foundation Institute to tell the human story of another genocide as well as other topics such as taking testimony, the complexity of memorialization, and memory in a fractured society.  In addition, the evening included the presentation of a commendation from the City of Los A
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
The Institute has begun preliminary work with partners in Belarus to introduce testimony to local educators and encourage the development of testimony-based classroom materials.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
On March 19, USC Shoah Foundation–The Institute for Visual History and Education, gave a presentation about education based on Holocaust survivor testimony, to more than 100 students, faculty and staff of the University of Szeged, one of Central Europe’s foremost institutions of higher learning.Album posted on:  April 2, 2013 
Monday, August 31, 2009
A team of historians, technology professionals, software engineers, and experts in information management developed the USC Shoah Foundation Institute's cataloguing and indexing systems, in order to make the more than 100,000 hours of testimony searchable.Learn more about cataloguing and indexing.Album posted on:  August 31, 2009 
Friday, December 19, 2008
One hundred educators recently attended Lessons of the Holocaust and Contemporary Russia, a three-day seminar in Kaliningrad organized by the Russian Research and Holocaust Education Center.  Svetlana Gorbacheva, an educator who has visited the Institute and created an educational lesson which incorporates testimony, modeled the lesson during the seminar.Album posted on:  December 19, 2008 
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
The preservation of one of the largest digital video archives in the world got underway the Fall of 2008 at the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, where staff began converting more than 100,000 hours of videotaped Holocaust testimonials to a new digital format.Album posted on:  December 17, 2008 
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Students across the Czech Republic, Hungary, and some regions of Romania, recently participated in a series of contests to create cartoons and drawings inspired by testimony in the Visual History Archive.  Originally conceived and organized by Petra Hoffmannova and Jakub Mlynář of the Malach Center for Visual History in Prague, the challenge was replicated and inspired more than 120 grammar school, high school, and applied graphics students to submit illustrations based on the experiences of Holocaust survivors.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
On October 27, 2009, Chabad@USC sponsored an evening with Zvi Bielski, son of the late Zus Bielski who, along with his brothers, led the largest Jewish resistance and rescue effort during World War II.  Zvi spoke with students about the true events behind the 2008 film Defiance, which told the story of the Partisans and how they came to rescue more than 1,200 Jewish people by escaping to the deep forest in German-occupied Poland (now Belarus).  The USC Shoah Foundation Institute archive is rich with the firsthand stories of survivors and witnesses of
Monday, August 13, 2012
The USC Shoah Foundation-Institute for Visual History and Education organized a seminar for teachers in the Czech Republic on August 13.  The seminar, which took place at the Malach Center for Visual History in Prague, is part of "Teaching with Testimony for the 21st Century," the Institute's professional development program for teachers in Europe.  MoreAlbum posted on:  August 17, 2012 
Sunday, April 15, 2012
The USC Institute of Armenian Studies held a gala banquet on April 15 to honor the Institute for championing the Armenian Genocide Digitization Project, which aims to digitally preserve all existing eyewitness testimony related to the genocide.  The Armenian Film Foundation’s interviews will be the first collection in the project.  press releaseAlbum posted on:  May 8, 2012 
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Doris Felsen-Escojido, the Institute's regional consultant in Italy, gives a presentation on the Institute's work and the Archivio di Stato's online portal, Ti racconto la storia:  voci dalla Shoah, in Turin, Italy, January 11, 2012.  The portal provides access to Italian language testimonies from the Institute's video archive.Album posted on:  February 6, 2012 
Thursday, August 11, 2011
On August 11, 2011, Sherry Bard, the Institute's Educational Programs Project Director, presented at the Teacher Workshop on the Holocaust at California State University, Long Beach.  Teachers spent an afternoon learning about using visual history testimony in teaching about the Holocaust.  They also explored the Institute's new online multimedia application, IWitness, which is currently in beta and being tested by educators and students in pilots across the U.S.Album posted on:  August 22, 2011 
Friday, September 3, 2010
In July 2010, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute conducted a follow-up workshop with graduates of the 2009 Master Teacher Workshop.  During the two-day workshop, each teacher presented his or her testimony-based lesson, which was developed as a result of the workshop, and discussed opportunities for continued involvement in the program.  Funding for the Teacher Innovation Network is provided by the Leichtag Family Foundation.Album posted on:  September 3, 2010 
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Last month, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute hosted a meeting convened by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.  The meeting brought together delegates from major archives with audio-visual Holocaust testimony holdings; other archives represented included Mémorial de la Shoah, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Yad Vashem–The Holocaust Mar
Friday, July 22, 2011
From July 18-22, 2011, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute held its third annual Teaching with Testimony workshop for participants in the Institute’s Master Teacher Program.  “This workshop equips teachers to become ambassadors of testimony-based education in their communities,” Stephen D. Smith, Executive Director of the Institute, said.  “The rigorous training in which they participate will prepare them to enhance students’ learning through the use of testimony and demonstrate its value to their colleagues in the field.”
Thursday, May 21, 2009
From February through April 2009, Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam) staff members Bunthy Chey, Fatily Sa, and Ratanak Leng participated in an internship program at the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, to support DC-Cam’s ongoing effort to collect testimony from survivors of the genocide in Cambodia, which claimed as many as 2 million lives from 1975–1979.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Dozens of students at USC attended the HBO-sponsored Student Voices Master Class, an event consisting of workshops and panel discussions on testimony-based documentary filmmaking.  Academy Award-winning filmmakers shared their expertise at the event, including Michael Apted, whose keynote lecture on ethical documentary filmmaking drew nearly 150 people.  moreAlbum posted on:  March 15, 2012 
Friday, October 21, 2011
From mid-October through mid-December, four staff members from the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center (KGMC) will intern at the USC Shoah Foundation Institute.Yves Kamuronsi, head of the Documentation Center of the KGMC, and three colleagues—Diogene Mwizerwa, Martin Niwenshuti, and Paul Rukesha—will study the Institute's indexing methodology and lend their expertise to the development of indexing terminology appropriate for the Rwandan Tutsi genocide experience.  They will also spend time learning about the technology being used to preserve the testimonies digitally.
Monday, April 4, 2011
On April 4, 2011, the Institute hosted high school students from San Francisco, who are studying the Holocaust as part of an after school program through the Jewish Family and Children's Services Holocaust Center (JFCS).  Led by JFCS Director of Education Morgan Blum, five students who received the JFCS Manovill Holocaust History Fellowship developed video projects using testimonies in the Institute's archive of Bay Area Holocaust survivors.  The students presented their video projects on topics such as surviving Westerbork concentration camp, partisans, choices, bold instincts, and African
Saturday, February 5, 2011
The USC Shoah Foundation Institute expanded its teacher education efforts to Serbia on 5 February 2011, when Hungarian Regional Consultant Andrea Szőnyi presented at a training on the Methodology of Holocaust Education in Subotica.  During a session of the day-long training organized by TUUM Association for Hungarian-speaking educators, the Institute’s Hungarian Regional Consultant presented the educational use of video testimony, and shared available resources in Hungarian.  This teacher training session marked the first time that the Institute presented our work for local educators in Ser
Sunday, February 27, 2011
In order to mark the 90th anniversary of the establishment of the Numerus Clausus law in Hungary, the Holocaust Memorial Center in Budapest has organized an exhibition to commemorate of the event.  The exhibition aims to show the rise in anti-Semitism in the 1920s, and the evolution of Hungarian society from social and political inclusion to one of exclusion.  The exhibition features testimony clips of four survivors from the Institute’s Visual History Archive, as well as posters, prints, news articles, photos, newsreels, radio speeches, and other artifacts.  The exhibit runs from Oct
Monday, November 23, 2009
On November 23, 2009, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute hosted a group of 50 students from the GEAR UP program in San Marcos, California.  GEAR UP is designed to help high school students prepare and plan for their college education.  In addition to receiving a tour of the USC campus, students spent nearly two hours learning about the Institute's educational mission and listening to Renée Firestone, a Holocaust survivor whose testimony is in the Institute archive.  Ms.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Martin Šmok, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute’s Senior International Program Consultant, gave presentations at a training event for teachers organized by Pant o.s.  The event took place at the Summer School of Modern History in Ostrava, Czech Republic on August 29 and 30.
Friday, March 26, 2010
On March 25 and 26, 2010, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute hosted its first international academic conference.The International Digital Access, Outreach, and Research Conference brought together representatives from 25 universities, museums, and other institutions that have access to the Institute's Visual History Archive, to discuss how it is being used in academia.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Eva Schloss, stepsister and childhood friend of Anne Frank, spoke to a capacity crowd at USC on January 22, in an event sponsored by Chabad @ USC and USC Shoah Foundation–The Institute for Visual History and Education.  Like her stepsister, Schloss went into hiding in Holland and was betrayed, captured, and sent to the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.  Today, her testimony is preserved in the Institute’s Visual History Archive.  In addition to sharing her own story, Schloss discussed the discovery and printing of Anne Frank’s wartime journal, The Diary of a Young Girl, which has been

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