John Bergeisen recounts the task of dismantling the camp's gas chambers before Russian soldiers arrived at Auschwitz. This is the 61st testimony clip in the series 70 Days of Testimony: Leading up to the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz.
clip, male, jewish survivor, John Bergeisen, auschwitz, Auschwitz70 / Friday, January 16, 2015
Johann Stojka was born to a Roma family on March 20, 1929 in Vienna, Austria. He spent most of his childhood travelling in a trailer with his parents Maria Stojka, Karl Horvath and his five siblings, Katharina, Karl, Margareta, Amalia and Josef. His parents made a living by trading horses.
survivor, roma-sinti, clip, subtitled / Friday, January 16, 2015
Karl Stojka was born to a Roma family on April 20, 1931 in Wampersdorf, Lower Austria. His parents Maria Stojka and Karl Horvath travelled as horse traders with their kids in a trailer. Karl had three sisters, Katharina, Margareta, Amalia, and two brothers, Johann and Josef.
/ Friday, January 16, 2015
Helena Silvers recounts how she escaped death in the camp's hospital. Additionally, she recalls how she became a worker in the camp, an action she believes saved her life. This is the 62nd testimony clip in the series 70 Days of Testimony: Leading up to the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz.
clip, female, jewish survivor, helena silvers, auschwitz, forced labor, Auschwitz70 / Friday, January 16, 2015
Tova Friedman recounts how she and her mother hid in the camp's hospital during the camp's liquidation. The two were liberated a week later. This is the 63rd testimony clip in the series 70 Days of Testimony: Leading up to the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz.
clip, female, jewish survivor, Tova Friedman, auschwitz, Auschwitz70 / Friday, January 16, 2015
Miriam Ziegler describes her experiences with her family in the camp. She recounts a joyous reunion with her grandmother as well as an escape from execution with her great aunt. This is the 64th testimony clip in the series 70 Days of Testimony: Leading up to the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz.
clip, female, jewish surviovr, Miriam Ziegler, auschwitz, Auschwitz70 / Friday, January 16, 2015
Traveling to Poland for Auschwitz: The Past is Present will be a homecoming of sorts for Sabina Kobinski, who will return to her family’s homeland and the place where her own uncle was imprisoned during the Holocaust.
/ Monday, January 19, 2015
Branko Lustig, producer of Schindler’s List and our 50,000th interviewee in the Visual History Archive; recalls returning to Auschwitz during the filming of the TV mini-series War and Remembrance. Branko also describes how important it is not only to remember the Holocaust but also for future generations to learn from it.
a70, survivor, auschwitz, Branko Lustig / Monday, January 19, 2015
Downloadable testimony clips of survivors attending the commemoration. The downloadable version of each clip is a Quicktime movie at 720x486 with a video bitrate of over 500 MBps.
/ Monday, January 19, 2015
Celina Biniaz describes how she and her parents were added to be on Schindler’ List. She also recalls when the women transport from Plaszow was sent to Auschwitz instead of to the Schindler factory in Brünnlitz.
/ Monday, January 19, 2015
Dario Gabbai recalls his experiences as a Sonderkommando in Auschwitz II-Birkenau. He was forced to usher people into gas chambers, and then haul out the bodies, take them to the crematorium, and clean up the room for the next group of victims.
a70, auschwitz, Dario Gabbai, male, jewish survivor / Monday, January 19, 2015
Eva Kor and her twin sister Miriam were experimented on by infamous Nazi doctor Josef Mengele. She describes how one experiment had nearly killed her but she promised herself she would survive.
a70, auschwitz, eva kor, jewish survivor, female / Monday, January 19, 2015
Roman Kent describes the moment the cattle car door’s opened and the utter chaos of arriving to Auschwitz.
a70, auschwitz, roman kent, male, jewish survivor / Monday, January 19, 2015
Auschwitz should never have existed, so why are we so keen to cling onto it? Would it not be reasonable to scrub it from the landscape, remove the very thought of what it represents from our minds, recognize it as the cemetery it is, then grass it over and leave the dead to rest in peace?  
Auschwitz70, auschwitz, memory, preservation, GAM, op-eds / Monday, January 19, 2015
USC Shoah Foundation will once again offer USC students the opportunity to study post-genocide reconstruction in Rwanda this summer on the annual “Rebuilding Rwanda:  Memory, Testimony, and Living Together After Genocide” course at USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.
pwp, problems without passports, rwanda / Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Marissa Roy says she didn’t quite know what to expect when she went to Rwanda on the 2013 Problems Without Passports trip – and she wants this year’s class to have the same experience.
/ Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Eva Kor describes her first encounter with death in the camp and how the event ignited her self-promise to never let the same fate fall upon her or her sister. This is the 65th testimony clip in the series 70 Days of Testimony: Leading up to the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz.
clip, eva kor, jewish survivor, auschwitz, Auschwitz70 / Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Marta Wise remembers how she escaped from Josef Mengele’s grim selection, as Russian planes flew overhead and prisoners were forced to scatter. This is the 66th testimony clip in the series 70 Days of Testimony: Leading up to the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz.
clip, jewish survivor, female, Marta Wise, auschwitz, Auschwitz70 / Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Eva Slonim recalls undergoing medical camp experiments including painful blood tests. This is the 67th testimony clip in the series 70 Days of Testimony: Leading up to the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz.
clip, female, jewish survivor, eva slonim, medial experiements, auschwitz, Auschwitz70 / Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Paula Lebovics remembers a selection by Josef Mengele before the liberation of Auschwitz in January 1945. Paula recalls a quick decision, which ended up saving her life. This is the 68th testimony clip in the series 70 Days of Testimony: Leading up to the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz.
clip, female, jewish survivor, Paula Lebovics, auschwitz, Auschwitz70 / Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Kitty Hart-Moxon recalls being able to see Crematorium 4 from her barrack window at Auschwitz II-Birkenau.This is the 69th testimony clip in the series 70 Days of Testimony: Leading up to the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz.
clip, Kitty Hart Moxon, auschwitz, female, jewish survivor, 70th Anniversary, Auschwitz70 / Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Adrienne Friede Krausz recounts testifying against Viktor Capesius, the chief pharmacist at the Auschwitz concentration camp complex, in the Auschwitz trials of 1961. This is the 70th testimony clip in the series 70 Days of Testimony: Leading up to the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz.
clip, female, jewish survivor, Auschwitz trials, Adrienne Friede Krausz, Auschwitz70 / Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Paula Lebovics speaks on the liberation of Auschwitz as a child and remembers feeling cared for, the first time in her life.
a70, auschwitz, Paula Lebovics, female, jewish survivor / Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Jewish survivor Paula Lebovics, Jewish survivor Howard Chandler, Jewish survivor Philip Helbling, Political prisoner Kaz Wolff-Zdzienicki, and Sinti and Roma survivor Julia Lentini recall their experiences of the evacuation and liberation of the Auschwitz camp complex in January 1945. Otari Amaglobeli of the Soviet Armed forces describes his involvement in the liberation of the camp complex on Jan. 27, 1945. This testimony clip reel was produced in partnership with The Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme.
Liberation of Auschwitz, reel / Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Howard Chandler was enlisted by a Kapo guard to steal items from the train after new arrivals had been dropped off. He describes what happens to him when other guards catch him with contraband. 
a70, auschwitz, male, jewish survivor, Howard Chandler / Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Martin Baranek describes how a group of Sinti Roma inmates were cleared out of the barracks to make room for the group of Jewish inmates of which he was a part.
a70, auschwitz, male, jewish survivor, Roma Sinti / Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Miriam Ziegler recalls how she reunited with other Holocaust survivors after she immigrated to Toronto. She also reflects on the famous photo of herself and other the children of Auschwitz photographed by Russian liberators.
a70, auschwitz, female, jewish survivor / Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Kitty Hart-Moxon recalls being able to see Crematorium 4 from her barracks window at Auschwitz II-Birkenau.
a70, auschwitz, female, jewish survivor / Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Anita Lasker-Wallfisch remembers when she was selected to be in the Auschwitz camp orchestra and when the orchestra would play for the SS.
clip, female, jewish survivor, Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, camp orchestra, auschwitz / Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Anita Lasker-Wallfisch had a lucky moment while being processed at the Sauna in Auschwitz-Birkenau.  One of the girls processing her asked her what she did prior to landing in that place of unspeakable horror. “I played the cello,” she answered. That surreal conversation, not far from the gas chambers at Birkenau, would save her life.  As a member of the Auschwitz women's orchestra, playing the cello meant respite from heavy labor.  
Auschwitz70, Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, memory, music, op-eds / Wednesday, January 21, 2015

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