As part of its commitment to serving as an internationally recognized resource and leader in the field of Holocaust and genocide studies, USC Shoah Foundation has established the Robert J. Katz Research Fellow in Genocide Studies.
bob katz, car, research fellow / Friday, January 15, 2016
At the end of Celina Biniaz's testimony, her mother Phyllis Karp, also a Holocaust survivor, and Celina's husband Bini talk about Celina and the joy she has brought to their lives.
clip / Tuesday, January 19, 2016
The USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research invites research proposals from advanced standing Ph.D. candidates for its 2016-2017 Inaugural Robert J. Katz Research Fellowship in Genocide Studies. The fellowship provides $4,000 support for dissertation research focused on testimony from the Visual History Archive.
cagr / Tuesday, January 19, 2016
The latest, most significant update to the Visual History Archive’s indexing software since 2008 addresses the growing need for a way to index testimonies with more than one survivor.
indexing, visual history archive, its / Tuesday, January 19, 2016
It’s been three and a half years since Kosal Path’s Institute Fellowship at USC Shoah Foundation. Looking back, he says the fellowship ended up changing his life.
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Kicking off this week, the challenge, which will award $10,000 in prizes overall, invites students to positively contribute to their communities, and submit short videos explaining the inspiration behind their actions and extraordinary impact. The IWitness Video Challenge is open to all secondary school students in the United States and Canada (except for Quebec) who attend public, private or home schools. Participants can access resources and submit entries at iwitness.usc.edu.
iwitness, discovery education, ford, iwitness challenge / Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Michael talks about the very generous act of some passing workers who threw all of the food they had to the starving Jewish people on the cattle cars until the guards realized what was happening and began shooting at these workers to scare them away.
clip / Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Middle and high school students have the chance to win scholarships of up to $5,000 – and additional money for their educators and schools – by entering the third annual IWitness Video Challenge.
iwitness challenge, iwitness, discovery education, ford / Wednesday, January 20, 2016
In an effort to create a deeper engagement with educators online, USC Shoah Foundation’s IWitness hosts Twitter chat's on the 2nd or 4th Wednesday of every month. Meet fellow IWitness educators, ask questions directly to the IWitness team and join the IWitness community.Follow the IWitness twitter account @USCIWitness and to join the chat follow and send tweets with #IWitnessChat.
#IWitnessChat / Wednesday, January 20, 2016
To meet growing demands for access to the world’s largest archive of genocide testimony, USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education is announcing its Visual History Archive Program, which will reimagine how users connect to the testimonies.
visual history archive, vhap, visual history archive program, proquest / Thursday, January 21, 2016
Leon Wells explains how he was able to come to America as a college student after survivng the Holocaust.
clip / Thursday, January 21, 2016
Zuzana talks about her work at the Jewish museum in the Czech Republic and how it is her mission to educate everyone about the history of the Jewish people and make it very understandable. She also aims to teach others to stand up to intolerance and take action.
clip / Thursday, January 21, 2016
Manuk Avedikyan, currently works in the Collections department at USC Shoah Foundation as the indexer for the Armenian Genocide Testimony Collection. Avedikyan received a master’s in political science at the American University of Armenia and also worked at the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute in Yerevan and Armenian newspapers. He also traveled across Armenia and Turkey conducting research on the Yezidis, a religious minority group.
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On Jan. 19, 2016, the Organization of Istanbul Armenians (OIA) organized a commemoration for the ninth anniversary of the assassination of prominent Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink. It was exactly nine years after my friends and I learned of his murder without fully understanding who he was and what his legacy would mean to us in the years to come.
armenia, Hrant Dink, Armenian Genocide, op-eds / Thursday, January 21, 2016
USC Shoah Foundation International Training Consultant Martin Šmok presented the new Czech version of the popular educational resource Holocaust and Other Genocides in Prague on January 13.
NIOD, iwitness, Martin Smok, Czech Republic / Friday, January 22, 2016
Kerri Flynn, a history teacher at Washington High School in Union, Missouri, has used IWitness to introduce her students to a variety of people who survived genocide.After learning about IWitness at last year’s National Council of Teacher of English (NCTE) conference in Washington, D.C., Flynn created her own Information Quest activity using Rwandan Tutsi Genocide testimonies to introduce her students to modern genocides – which most of them have not ever heard of, she said.
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What started out as a curious journey across the hall at Leavey Library turned into one of Marina Kay’s most passionate endeavors at USC.Kay, currently a senior international relations major, was working on USC’s Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery team at Leavey Library in summer 2014 when she became curious about one particular office that she always passed by in the library – USC Shoah Foundation. She had always been interested in learning about the Holocaust, so one day she decided to go inside, and asked if she could intern or volunteer.
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Charlotte Masters is a junior at Sidwell Friends in Washington DC. In 2015 she traveled to Poland as a junior intern for the Auschwitz: Past is Present program. After the trip she created the Survivors Speakers Bureau, to bring survivor’s voices into schools in the greater DC area. Charlotte continues as a junior intern with USC Shoah Foundation mentoring the younger students.
/ Monday, January 25, 2016
In January 2015, I had the incredible opportunity to travel to Poland with other students from across the country for USC Shoah Foundation’s and Discovery Education’s Auschwitz: Past is Present program. We toured various sites in Warsaw and Krakow, Poland, with teachers and our friend Paula Lebovics, a survivor of the Holocaust. Each point in the trip was remarkable and extremely inspiring. However, the visit to the Auschwitz-Birkeanu Memorial Museum impacted me the most.
Auschwitz70, reflection, op-eds / Monday, January 25, 2016
A graduate of USC Shoah Foundation’s teacher training programs in Hungary is constructing and pilot-testing the first-ever original Hungarian-language IWitness activity.
iwitness, IWitness activity, Andrea Szőnyi, budapest, hungary, partner school / Monday, January 25, 2016
Yehudah talks about several painters who were hired to create artwork as reports for the Germans. Many of these painters created illegal paintings that have survived, showing the terrible atrocities of the Holocaust and were sent to a camp as prisoners for their punishment.
clip / Monday, January 25, 2016
Edith Lowy describes how her family hid during the Holocaust and after a series of event, the family decided to voluntarily march into the nearby labor camp to avoid the consequences of being caught by the Nazis.
clip, female, edith lowy, jewish survivor, hiding / Monday, January 25, 2016
Executive Director Stephen Smith discusses the impact of Auschwitz: The Past is Present on USC Shoah Foundation
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A person doesn’t visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Poland and come away unchanged, and I was no exception. The empty barracks, the barbed-wire fencing, the solemn exhibits, the telltale chimneys – all these vestiges left a strong impression. But what struck me most was the sheer vastness of the sprawling memorial to history’s most notorious death camp. Walking through Birkenau with my tour group, I gaped at the emptiness stretching for a mile in every direction – nothing but the crumbling remains of buildings half-buried in snow.
Auschwitz70, reflection, GAM, op-eds / Tuesday, January 26, 2016
In January 2015, I traveled to Poland for the Auschwitz: Past is Present professional development program, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau. This entire experience, was and continues to be a life changing event for me on every level personally, professionally, and academically.
Auschwitz70, reflection, op-eds / Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Ruth Hernandez is a junior at Esperanza Academy Charter School, in Philadelphia, PA. Hernandez has been involved with USC Shoah Foundation since 2013, when her video Voices of Our Journey is the won 2013 IWitness Video Challenge.  In 2015 she traveled to Poland for the Auschwitz: Past is Present program as a junior intern. 
/ Tuesday, January 26, 2016
In January 2015, I had the incredible opportunity to travel to Poland with other students, as a junior intern, for USC Shoah Foundation’s and Discovery Education’s Auschwitz: Past is Present program, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
Auschwitz70, reflection, op-eds / Tuesday, January 26, 2016
APIP has been a powerful force for Polish teachers over the past year, says Polish Regional Consultant Monika Koszynska.
apip, poland, mhpj, Monika Koszynska / Wednesday, January 27, 2016
As the first anniversary of my life-changing trip to Poland is upon me, I take time to reflect on the impact that trip has made on me both personally and professionally.  I have learned so much from my experiences as a teacher in USC Shoah Foundation’s and Discovery Education’s Auschwitz: The Past is Present program.
Auschwitz70, reflection, op-eds / Wednesday, January 27, 2016
USC Shoah Foundation's Chicago Regional Consultant Brandon Barr has been busy introducing IWitness to educators in the Midwest.
chicago, brandon barr, iwitness / Thursday, January 28, 2016

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