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Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Exhibit focuses on the Cuban Jewish Communities origins and history.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
A USC Shoah Foundation film crew is recording four new testimonies in Central Europe this week at Auschwitz, Majdanek, Treblinka, Mauthausen, the Warsaw Ghetto and other historic sites. The project to capture the 360-degree testimonies stems from a partnership with the International March of the Living program.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
In July 2012, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute convened the inaugural workshop of “Teaching with Testimony for the 21st Century,” a professional development program for teachers in Europe centered on the educational use of Holocaust eyewitness testimony.
Friday, August 19, 2011
Testimony from the USC Shoah Foundation Institute’s Visual History Archive has enhanced nearly 250 university and college courses worldwide, including 67 at USC. This fall, members of the Institute’s staff will teach two additional courses that integrate testimony.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Bella Fox recalls the terrifying experience of arriving to Auschwitz-II Birkenau from the Sighet ghetto in Romania. Bella’s testimony was collected by the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre and will be integrated into the Visual History Archive part of the Preserving the Legacy Initiative.
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Jewish survivor Rolf Allan and his family settled in England during the war, after attempting to travel to Cuba on the St. Louis ship. They had very little with them and found it difficult to settle in, as they were not welcomed initially in England because they were German. 
Thursday, August 4, 2016
Highlights of the 2016 Master Teacher program in Budapest. A USC Shoah Foundation’s professional development initiative, Master Teacher (formerly Teaching with Testimony) is a two-year program that incorporates workshops, mentoring, and community building to prepare educators to search for and utilize testimony from the Visual History Archive, as well as other digital learning tools such as IWitness.
Friday, April 18, 2014
USC Shoah Foundation has embarked on a partnership with Windward School - its first partner school in Los Angeles - to introduce Windward's teachers to the methodology of teaching with testimony and to integrate testimony-based educational activities into the school's curriculum.
Monday, December 3, 2012
USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education received the Arpa Foundation Award of the 2012 Arpa International Film Festival. The Institute was recognized for "its outstanding achievement in Holocaust education and preservation of testimonies of survivors." Executive Director Stephen D. Smith accepted the award on behalf of the Institute at the December 2 gala awards banquet in Los Angeles.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Professor Omer Bartov to give a public lecture.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
USC Shoah Foundation and IBUKA to collaborate on research project.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Two senior staff members of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute have traveled to South Africa and Rwanda to meet with partners and explore new relationships and opportunities for collaborative initiatives.
Monday, March 24, 2014
As part of the USC School of Cinematic Arts Visible Evidence XVI Conference, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute hosted a panel discussion and audience participatory Q&A session on issues related to conducting interviews with genocide survivors for use in documentary film and what happens to the body of footage after its initial use.The participants were (alphabetical order): Anne Aghion (NYC), Ted Braun (LA), Andi Gitow (Panel Moderator) (NYC), James Moll (LA), Socheata Poeuv (New Haven).
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
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Friday, December 11, 2015
Through a partnership with the National Jewish Theater Foundation, IWitness has added a brand-new activity that guides secondary students to develop historical narrative monologues using testimonies of Holocaust survivors, witnesses and liberators.
Thursday, January 28, 2016
USC Shoah Foundation's Chicago Regional Consultant Brandon Barr has been busy introducing IWitness to educators in the Midwest.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
USC Shoah Foundation Institute hosts panel discussion.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
On February 11, Dr. Howard Gardner, best known for his theory of multiple intelligences, engaged in a public conversation on the art science of 21st-century education with Dr. Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, an award-winning behavioral and social scientist and faculty member at the University of Southern California.
Friday, January 13, 2012
Used extensively in Europe and Latin America.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Chair: Lyn Boyd-Judson, Global Humanities and Ethics, USC
Friday, September 11, 2009
USC Shoah Foundation Institute receives generous grant from ACE Charitable Foundation.
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, May 8, 2013
Daily Choices, Lasting Effects supports the theme of personal responsibility, specifically the choices we make on a daily basis that can have lasting effects, whether or not we initially realize their implications. Four clips of Holocaust survivor testimony from USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive reflect on another person’s action that had a tremendous effect, either positively or negatively on his/her life. Students will be guided with questions: What are our roles in society with regards to personal responsibility?
Thursday, June 6, 2013
On June 5, 1942, the Nazis reported having killed 97,000 Jews in specially constructed gas vans. Friedrich August Jeckeln — who served as an SS and police leader in the occupied Soviet Union during World War II — testified in 1945 that Reich Leader Heinrich Himmler, who organized the mass murder of Jews, told him shootings were too impractical, so gas vans were devised as a more efficient system. The method was initially used against the mentally insane in Polish hospitals in 1939. By 1942 the Nazis had begun to deploy more than 36 of these specially designed and equipped vans.
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.
Monday, August 17, 2009
New Executive and Managing Directors appointed to USC Shoah Foundation Institute.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
For the third consecutive year, a new group of teachers gathered in Hungary for the Teaching with Testimony in the 21st Century professional development program to learn how to create their own testimony-based lessons and classroom activities.
Monday, June 3, 2013
Tenth grade students at Windward School in Mar Vista, California have been piloting a new IWitness activity titled What Can One Voice Tell Us About a Genocide as part of their Global Studies class.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Gitow will consult on a variety of topics and initiate collaborations between the Shoah Foundation and the UN.

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