Ruth Posner, a dancer, choreographer and actress describes her training and career around the world after World War II.
clip, holocaust survivor, ruth posner / Tuesday, December 15, 2015
After surviving the Holocaust, William Harvey immigrated to New York City and started working at a beauty shop simply because he needed to work. William Harvey continues to describe how his skill flourished and the A-list and celebrity clients who visited the shop.  
clip, holocaust, William Harvey / Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Holocaust survivor and rescuer Curt Lowens emotionally reflects on arriving to the United States after World War II. He also describes why he decided to pursue a career in entertainment as an actor.
clip, holocaust, curt lowens / Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Sarah Griffitts is a social studies high school teacher at the Calgary Board of Education in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  She received a BA in History at Mount Royal College and an MA in History from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.  Her master’s thesis focused on the establishment of Chelmno and Sobibor through the path of the Einsatzgruppen. 
/ Tuesday, December 15, 2015
/ Tuesday, December 15, 2015
I found as a teacher that the most challenging task when teaching about the Holocaust and genocide, is how to do it not using material that shocks the students to the point that they do not want to look at the content, study the history or listen to present day issues due to the emotional shut down that can occur.
holocaust, education, iwitness, GAM, op-eds / Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Last spring, as the world observed its annual commemorations of genocides like the Rwandan Tutsi Genocide and the Holocaust, the staff of The Hollywood Reporter got to talking about how many Holocaust survivors had Hollywood connections, and how many of them were still alive.
/ Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Armenian Genocide survivor Haigas Bonapart talks about denial of the genocide. This clip is one of the newest to be published on the IWitness "Watch" page.
clip, Armenian Genocide / Wednesday, December 16, 2015
The IWitness team has added 52 new clips to the Watch page. These clips cover a wide range of topics, from the Armenian Genocide to the Nanjing Massacre.
iwitness / Wednesday, December 16, 2015
The 2015 International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling awarded “Best Paper” to the staff of USC Shoah Foundation’s New Dimensions in Testimony project.
New Dimensions in Testimony / Thursday, December 17, 2015
Jerquila Slaughter’s students were inspired to make a real difference in their community after watching testimony in IWitness.After learning about IWitness at the Dallas Holocaust Museum Center for Education and Tolerance’s summer workshop for teachers, Slaughter began assigning IWitness activities to her students at Gilliam Collegiate Academy this semester.She used IWitness in her elective course that covers topics such as genocide and gentrification this semester and plans to also use IWitness in her Advanced Research course this spring.
/ Thursday, December 17, 2015
As 2015 comes to an end our education team takes a look at the 10 IWitness activities most assigned by educators.
iwitness, education, 2015, op-eds / Friday, December 18, 2015
A smartphone app makes it possible to view testimony clips from the Visual History Archive that are linked to the new book Witness: Passing the Torch of Holocaust Memory to New Generations.
March of the Living, book / Friday, December 18, 2015
Olga Menczer describes how her family celebrated Hanukkah while she was growing up in Hungary.
/ Monday, December 21, 2015
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 21, 2015 – Longtime USC Shoah Foundation board member Mickey Shapiro has given a gift to fund an endowed research fellowship program at the Institute’s Center for Advanced Genocide Research in honor of his parents, Sara and Asa Shapiro, who both survived the Holocaust.
mickey shapiro, fellowship / Monday, December 21, 2015
A teacher in Hungary used testimony to introduce some of her school’s youngest students to Jewish culture.
Teaching with Testimony, Teaching with Testimony in 21st Century, Andrea Szőnyi, hungary, budapest / Monday, December 21, 2015
Ruth talks about her time with her foster family and celebrating Christmas. She was able to celebrate Hanukkah as well, but she talks about enjoying celebrating Christmas with the family and how she finally felt accepted.
clip, christmas / Monday, December 21, 2015
Rose Burizihiza describes how the Hutu leaders in her town met to plan how they would kill the local Tutsis.
clip, Rwandan Genocide / Monday, December 21, 2015
Hermina talks about celebrating Christmas as a child with her family and the holiday treats she still makes today for Christmas and New Year's.
clip, christmas / Monday, December 21, 2015
Longtime USC Shoah Foundation board member Mickey Shapiro has given a gift to fund an endowed research fellowship program at the Institute’s Center for Advanced Genocide Research in honor of his parents, Sara and Asa Shapiro, who both survived the Holocaust.
mickey shapiro, fellow, fellowship / Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Moshe Avital describes the two public schools in Czechoslovakia and how most Jewish students went to the Czech school and the non-Jewish students went to the Russian school. His Czech school was very strict and taught at a very high level, which provided him the opportunity to learn about Czech language, literature, geography, and many other subjects.
clip, Czechoslovakia / Tuesday, December 22, 2015
USC Shoah Foundation spent seven months researching the identities of every child in the liberation photo of the children behind the barbed wire, and reunited four of them January 26, 2015, in Krakow.
liberation, op-eds / Tuesday, January 27, 2015
USC Shoah Foundation is sorry to learn of the passing of Aleksander Laks, the first Holocaust survivor to give his testimony to USC Shoah Foundation in Brazil and a special friend of the Institute. Laks passed away July 21 at age 88. Laks survived the Lodz Ghetto, Auschwitz and a death march as a teenager. He immigrated to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and became a leader of the survivor community there as president of the Sherit Hapleita (Holocaust survivors’ organization).
/ Thursday, November 5, 2015
USC Shoah Foundation is saddened to learn of the passing of Johnny Strange, a record-holding adventurer and supporter of USC Shoah Foundation.
/ Wednesday, October 7, 2015
USC Shoah Foundation is saddened to learn of the passing of Erna Viterbi, philanthropist and longtime supporter of USC Shoah Foundation. Erna Finci Viterbi, a descendant of Sephardic Jews, was born in Sarajevo but fled Yugoslavia with her family during World War II. They were deported to the Parma region of Italy and interned in the village Gramignazzo di Sissa, but were saved from deportation to the extermination camps by the townspeople. Erna and her family were able to escape to Switzerland for the rest of the war. In 1950, they moved to California.
/ Wednesday, February 18, 2015
We are sad to learn of the passing of Thomas Blatt, a Holocaust survivor who was one of the few people to survive an escape from the Sobibor death camp in 1943. He was 88. Born April 15, 1927, in Lublin, Poland, Blatt also served as a witness at the 2009 trial of the camp guard John Demjanjuk.
in memoriam / Thursday, November 5, 2015
USC Shoah Foundation is sad to learn of the passing of Sir Nicholas Winton, the organizer of the Czechoslovakian Kindertransport and one of the most beloved rescuers of the Holocaust. Winton was 106 years old.
in memoriam / Wednesday, July 1, 2015

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