April is Genocide Awareness Month, a time to reflect on atrocities of the past while ensuring that we avoid acts of mass murder in the future. The urgency of this mandate was highlighted just weeks ago when the U.S. House of Representatives and the State Department officially recognized that ISIS is committing genocide in the Middle East.
GAM, Genocide Awareness, op-eds / Friday, April 1, 2016
Starting today and continuing each Friday throughout the month of April, IWitness will publish a new activity geared for Rwandan students.
IWitness activity, iwitness, rwanda, Rwandan Genocide / Friday, April 1, 2016
Cynthia Schirmer currently oversees the finances and business operations of the Institute.  She has worked for the Shoah Foundation since March 2016.  Prior to that, Cynthia worked as the Shoah Foundation’s Business Officer (while employed at the Dornsife Business Office) from December 2013 thru December 2015.  Cynthia has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of La Verne, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics with a minor in Computer Science from Cal State Fullerton.  She has worked at USC since January 2006—which is also the same month and year that the Shoah Fou
/ Friday, April 1, 2016
Postgraduate scholar Yuri Radchenko is focusing his research on the Holocaust in Ukraine – something he says he would have trouble doing if he didn’t have the Visual History Archive.
/ Monday, April 4, 2016
Sarra talks about the state of the Ukraine during the Holocaust and the many people who were killed at the Babi Yar ravine outside of Kiev.
clip / Monday, April 4, 2016
The University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University are each hosting presentations about USC Shoah Foundation, the Visual History Archive and its possibilities for research this week.
wolf gruner, cagr, Crispin Brooks, visual history archive, texas / Monday, April 4, 2016
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/ Monday, April 4, 2016
Eric Flagg speaks of his landlady being scared of hiding Jews for fear of risking her own life. Eric continued to do so secretly, but was concerned about this ethical dilemma. He sought the advice of a rabbi and a priest and both told him that as long as he was saving people's lives and not just his own, then it was ethical.Ethics and Genocide Watch Page Description: Reflections on the issues of human morality and the roles of complicity and involvement of ordinary people, raised by genocide.
/ Monday, April 4, 2016
In 2015 , I traveled to Guatemala with a small team from USC Shoah Foundation to train staff from a local organization called the Fundación de Antropología Forence de Guatemala (FAFG) to begin collecting voices from survivors to the Guatemalan Genocide.
GAM, Guatemala, Guatemalan Genocide, cagr, op-eds, cagr / Friday, April 8, 2016
Henry Flescher describes the optimism he had on a daily basis and how that drove him to fight for his survival while imprisoned in multiple concentration camps including Buchenwald and Gross Rosen. 
clip, male, jewish survivor, Henry Flescher, concentration camps, reflection / Tuesday, April 5, 2016
The practice of some Holocaust survivors sharing their stories many times throughout their lives was the focus of the international conference “Bearing Witness More than Once: How Media Institutions, Media and Time Shape Shoah Survivors’ Testimonies” at Humboldt University in Berlin
alina bothe, cagr, conference / Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Holocaust rescuer Irene Opdyke gave her testimony to Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco in 1993 and again to USC Shoah Foundation in 1995. Here, she speaks in each interview about why she shares her story.
clip / Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Erica reads a poem she wrote saying goodbye to the friends she made at Bergen-Belsen and hoping they meet again in Israel. April is National Poetry Month.
clip / Tuesday, April 5, 2016
IWitness celebrated a milestone in March: the most registrations ever in a single month. The milestone comes at a busy time for IWitness.
iwitness, iwitness video challenge, Armenian / Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Rwandan Tutsi Genocide survivor Edith Umugiraneza describes her first contact with the Interahamwe militia, which was threatening violence against Tutsis.
clip / Wednesday, April 6, 2016
In an effort to create a deeper engagement with educators online, USC Shoah Foundation’s IWitness hosts Twitter chat's on the 2nd and 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, April 6, 2016
In an effort to create a deeper engagement with educators online, USC Shoah Foundation’s IWitness hosts Twitter chat's on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month. Meet fellow IWitness educators, ask questions directly to the IWitness team and join the IWitness community.
#IWitnessChat / Wednesday, April 6, 2016
In honor of Genocide Awareness Month. join USC Shoah Foundation’s Student Organization DEFY and USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research for “When Memories Unfold: Poetry After Genocide.”
/ Wednesday, April 6, 2016
From April to July 1994, one of the most brutal genocides in human history occurred in Rwanda. It claimed the lives of 800,000 men, women, and children, most of whom were of Tutsi descent. Kwibuka, the official anniversary of the Rwandan Tutsi Genocide, is observed every year on April 7. Explore this selection of testimony clips of survivors and eyewitnesses to the genocide from the Visual History Archive. 
GAM, rwanda, tcv / Thursday, April 7, 2016
To help introduce your students to the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda explore testimonies and activities in IWitness.
GAM, op-eds / Thursday, April 7, 2016
Once Emilie Garrigou-Kempton joined the team of USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research last month as academic relations and outreach officer, she began to realize the connections she already has to the Institute.Professor Armand Abecassis, who was recently interviewed for the Institute’s Testimonies from North Africa and the Middle East Collection, was her advisor in graduate school. And her husband’s distant relative, a Holocaust survivor, gave her testimony to USC Shoah Foundation years ago.
/ Thursday, April 7, 2016
​Once students have put the finishing touches on their videos and submitted them to their teachers, it’s time to start judging.
iwvc, iwitness video challenge / Thursday, April 7, 2016
While the average USC student was dragging themselves out of bed to make it to their first class after Spring Break, I was--rather jet-lagged--sitting in an 800 year old room cloaked in paintings of old intellectuals and world renowned writers in a tiny corridor of Hertford College at Oxford University, wondering how on Earth I could be so lucky to miss a week of school to hang out at one of the oldest, most prestigious centers of learning in the history of Western Civilization.
testimony, students, human rights, International Studies, op-eds / Monday, April 4, 2016
USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research is seeking applicants for three fellowships until Friday, April 15 and Sunday, May 1.
cagr, rutman teaching fellow, teaching fellow, teaching fellowship, texas / Friday, April 8, 2016
Itka Zygmuntowicz recites a poem she wrote abou her experience during the Holocaust. She says Hitler could never take away her creativity or her dream to be a writer. April is National Poetry Month.
clip / Friday, April 8, 2016
When Jennifer Binley entered college, she knew she was interested in dedicating herself to finding a way to stop mass atrocities around the world. The international relations major quickly joined USC STAND, an anti-genocide club she eventually became president of, and began interning at USC Shoah Foundation.“I found the interests of [USC STAND] often correlate to the events and goals of USC Shoah Foundation,” Binley said of her dedication to both organizations.
/ Monday, April 11, 2016
Stephen Smith will give a keynote address and New Dimensions in Testimony will be demoed at the festival's Alternate Realities interactive exhibition.
ndt, New Dimensions in Testimony, Stephen Smith / Monday, April 11, 2016
USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research's Research Program Officer Martha Stroud will present a paper at the symposium "Narratives and Testimonies After Conflict: The Second Generation" at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia on April 18, 2016.
/ Monday, April 11, 2016
Surrounded by his family, Sam Harris explains why he wanted to tell his story. Live audiences will be able to have a virtual conversation with Sam as part of USC Shoah Foundation's New Dimensions in Testimony project.
clip / Monday, April 11, 2016
Michigan student Brandon Bartley shares how testimony inspired him when he participated in the IWitness Detroit program last summer.
advancement, appeal, iwitness, detroit / Tuesday, April 12, 2016

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