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Monday, October 23, 2017
Event reconstruction can be an enormous undertaking – consider the millions spent by producers on costuming and sets for films and theatrical productions; the years of research and interviewing done by the authors of biographies and history books. Still, a new sort of reconstruction is on the rise now –virtual reality, for which users don goggles to view storyworlds developed by videographers, directors, programmers and sometimes researchers and historians.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
The release follows the recent completion of 489 interviews with the survivors of the Guatemala Genocide at the hands of the Guatemalan military in the early 1980s.
Thursday, April 26, 2018
One student listened to the testimonies of those imprisoned at an internment camp. Another wrote about people stranded in the middle of the ocean attempting to escape the genocide in the Congo. Two others will act out a scene where two inmates of a concentration camp dream of the food they would eat if they were elsewhere. The class will read excerpts of the 10 plays at the Parkside Performance Cafe 3 p.m. Friday.
Monday, April 30, 2018
Out of concern for their physical safety, four of the five interviewees remained anonymous and were filmed in silhouette. The fifth, 31-year-old Martha Nyawal James, recounted her extraordinary story of survival.
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Holocaust survivor Gena Turgel was known in the British press as the “Bride of Belsen” for marrying a British liberator of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where she was a prisoner. She gave her testimony to USC Shoah Foundation in 1998.
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Aria Razfar, a fellow in residence this summer at USC Shoah Foundation’s Center for Advanced Genocide Research, sees parallels between the status of Yiddish in pre-war Germany and the status of Black English in the U.S. public school system.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
An ITS group has worked since April of 2017 to expand the discoverability of testimonies for students, researchers and anyone else searching for information about specific genocide events.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Although the current situation in Hungary is more complex than many outsiders understand, it’s a tense situation, Ildikó Barna said, and a good time for students to pay more attention to where the slippery slope of hatred can lead – and where it has indeed taken their own country.
Monday, October 8, 2018
Ignited by students’ enthusiasm over IWitness's recent “100 Days to Inspire Respect” initiative, a campaign called #180DaysToInspireRespect has students at Robert Adams Middle School in Massachusetts volunteering each day to present about the respectful acts they’ve witnessed, received, read and heard about.
Thursday, January 3, 2019
Coinciding with the 25th anniversary and recent rerelease of “Schindler’s List,” USC Shoah Foundation has produced a suite of learning activities connected to the film. The engaging activities encourage critical thinking; all feature clips of testimony from Holocaust survivors who were saved by Oskar Schindler.
Friday, January 11, 2019
Bill Morgan, now 93 years old, is a survivor of the Stanislawow Ghetto. After obtaining a birth certificate from a Polish Christian, he escaped the ghetto and found work as a farmhand in Ukraine. Museum audiences will be able to ask questions of Morgan about his life experiences and hear his pre-recorded responses in real time.
Friday, February 8, 2019
Alberto Innocenti, grandfather of Francesca Innocenti, secretly hid Jewish people -- including members of his wife’s family -- in his apartment during World War II. For this and other acts of heroism the Catholic Italian was recognized posthumously by Yad Vashem.
Friday, March 22, 2019
Hannah Lessing, the secretary general of the National Fund of Austria for Victims of National Socialism, came to USC Shoah Foundation this week to discuss a potential collaborative project with the Institute. During her stop, she spoke with the staff about her unique line of work.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Last week, two Swedish museum professionals who oversaw the installation of the exhibit – which marked the European debut of Dimensions in Testimony – visited USC Shoah Foundation to discuss ways to extend the partnership. They said the exhibit has been well received in Sweden, whose Holocaust legacy is complicated.
Monday, September 30, 2019
Award-Winning Photographer, Writer and Educator Rachael Cerrotti Tells the Extraordinary Story of Her Grandmother’s Escape from the Nazis by Retracing Her Grandmother’s Steps, While Living a Personal Journey of Love and Loss
Monday, September 30, 2019
Award-Winning photographer, writer and educator Rachael Cerrotti tells the extraordinary story of her grandmother’s escape from the Nazis by retracing her grandmother’s steps, while living a personal journey of love and loss.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
On Oct. 12, 2020 – Indigenous Peoples’ Day -- the Center for Advanced Genocide Research will host an international conference: “Mass Violence and Its Lasting Impact on Indigenous Peoples -- The Case of the Americas and Australia/Pacific Region.”
Monday, August 10, 2015
Los Angeles, Aug. 10, 2015 – USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research, in collaboration with the USC Thornton School of Music, will be hosting scholars from around the world for two days of programming on Oct. 10 - 11 to highlight the use of music as a tool to resist oppression and spread awareness.
Thursday, September 7, 2017
Los Angeles, Sept. 7, 2017 – USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research, in collaboration with the USC Digital Humanities Program, will host an international conference in October that will focus on the opportunities and challenges presented by the advancement of digital technologies.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Brandon Haas has had opportunities to work with IWitness as a practicing secondary teacher and as a participant in the Master Teacher Program. As a doctoral student of education at the University of South Florida he analyzed various cutting-edge technological tools designed for classroom use and teacher education. IWitness was one of them.
Monday, December 29, 2014
USC Shoah Foundation - The Institute for Visual History and Education is readying at least 40 of the nearly 400 Armenian testimonies it has secured from the Armenian Film Foundation for inclusion in the Visual History Archive. It is anticipated the entire collection will be integrated by the fall of 2015.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Los Angeles, Nov. 15, 2016 – USC Shoah Foundation is offering one member of the public and a guest the chance to attend its Ambassadors for Humanity Gala in December. The gala is a crucial part of the Institute’s efforts helping to forge partnerships that sustain the organization into the future. The gala raises much-needed general funds to support its educational programs including expansion of the Institute’s award-winning IWitness website, professional development for educators globally, the Center for Advanced Genocide Research, academic conferences, expanding access to the Visual History Archive and testimony preservation, to name a few.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Geoffrey Robinson (University of California, Los Angeles) “The Killing Season: A History of the Indonesian Massacres, 1965-66” October 4, 2018
Friday, June 7, 2019
The new office was the focus of an extended piece in this month’s edition of Interior Design magazine. It marks the second time the state-of-the-art space has been highlighted by a premier architectural publication.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
The Holocaust collection in USC Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archive contains nearly 53,000 testimonies; however, only a mere six of those testimonies are from survivors who were persecuted by the Nazis for being gay: one in English, three in German, one in French, and one in Dutch. There are other gay survivors we have in the Archive, but they were persecuted by the Nazis for the greater sin of being Jewish; Gad Beck being one of them. The meager number says a lot about the history of the gay men who lived through the Nazi regime and who came out the other end willing and unafraid to speak about their lives.
Friday, March 19, 2010
USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education to host its first International Digital Access, Outreach, and Research Conference.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Over 3,000 teachers trained and equipped with a new tolerance education resource.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
The Aladdin Project, founded by Anne-Marie Revcolevschi, uses the power of words to create bonds between Jewish and Muslim worlds. This article first appeared in the Spring 2014 issue of PastForward.
Friday, April 3, 2015
2016: “Finding Oscar,” a film produced by Steven Spielberg about the Guatemalan Genocide, screened at several film festivals, including the Ojai Film Festival, DOC NYC, Telluride and the Boston Film Festival 2016: The Florida Holocaust Museum and USC Shoah Foundation partnered on initiatives to enhance testimony preservation, access, and education. Exhibits
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
USC’s Human Rights and Genocide Awareness Week concluded last night with a moving discussion of women’s experiences during and after genocide, featuring survivors of the Guatemalan, Armenian and Rwandan Genocides.

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