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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
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
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
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
Holocaust survivor Helen Lazar explains that the human will to live is so strong that it can keep you going even in the darkest of times.
clip / Wednesday, April 13, 2016
In this brief clip Father Krikor Guerguerian is faced with a theological question that has challenged many survivors of the Armenian Genocide. The perpetrator confesses to him that he killed his father, three brothers and confiscated their house and garden and asks Guerguerian for forgiveness.
clip, Armenian Genocide, GAM / Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Holocaust survivor Percy Kaye reads a poem he wrote about the March of the Living, an annual Holocaust remembrance walk for students. April is National Poetry Month.
clip / Thursday, April 14, 2016
Ukrainian survivor Alexander Contract reflects on the Holocaust and the terrible atrocities that the world faced and continues to face all around the world. He hopes that all people can live in peace across the world.
clip / Friday, April 15, 2016
 Lemyel Amirian touches on the power of courage. The Armenians of Van and the surrounding regions took extraordinary measures to defend themselves – and, like Mr. Amirian, fortunately, many survived to share their stories. 
GAM / Friday, April 15, 2016
Elsie Taft recalls the Great Fire of Smyna (Izmir) in September 1922 and how she was saved by American sailors.
GAM / Friday, April 15, 2016
Before he made his major league debut in 1947 breaking the color barrier in baseball, Jackie Robinson was standing up to injustice and discrimination. Holocaust camp liberator Floyd Dade remembers when his fellow serviceman, Robinson refused to sit in the back of the bus
clip, jackie robinson / Friday, April 15, 2016
Armenian Genocide scholar Richard Hovannisian speaks about Turkish denial of the Armenian Genocide in an interview with J. Michael Hagopian in 1975.
clip / Monday, April 18, 2016
Holocaust survivor Anna Geslewitz reads a poem she wrote in 1967 reflecting on the Holocaust.
clip / Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Professor Dan Stone, Royal Holloway, University of London, offered a global perspective of the origins and history of concentration camps.
cagr, discussion, lecture, presentation / Thursday, April 21, 2016
In this lecture, Professor Atina Grossmann addresses a transnational Holocaust story that remarkably – despite several decades of intensive scholarly and public attention to the history and memory of the Shoah – has remained essentially untold, marginalized in both historiography and commemoration.
cagr, discussion, presentation, lecture / Thursday, April 21, 2016
Rafael Grosz describes his memory of Passover as a child in Bergen-Belsen. 
clip, jewish survivor, Rafael Grosz, bergen belsen, Passoverm Religion, Judaism / Friday, April 22, 2016
Armenian Genocide Survivor Hovsana Kumjian sings the ballad Der Zor Chollerende (Desert of Der Zor). During the genocide victims sang this song in Turkish while on the forced marches into the Syrian Desert. The song is often from a child’s perspective and describes violent scenes and feelings of hopelessness. Kumjian states she sings this song in memory for the victims, every April 24, the anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Kumjian is a survivor of the death march from Kilis, Turkey. English Translation of Der Zor Chollerende
clip, GAM, Armenian Genocide survivor, Armenian Genocide, Der zor, music / Friday, April 22, 2016
Edith Kaufman describes her thoughts as she stayed at a hospital at the Ravensbruck camp during Passover. Although she could not formally celebrate the holiday, she refused to eat bread as a gesture of defiance.
clip / Monday, April 25, 2016
Dora Szlajcher explains how she was able to borrow books even though it was forbidden in the harsh years of the Holocaust, and how reading helped her escape her difficult situation.
clip / Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Guatemalan Genocide survivor Aracely Garrido reflects on the seemingly eternal suffering endured by indigenous civilian non-combatant populations in a Guatemalan village who practiced their own limited form of resistance during the war.
clip / Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Zenon Neumark describes the first anti-Jewish laws and policies that affected his life and how he became involved in a resistance group. He says that while it was difficult to escape, he thought it took more courage to stay.
clip / Thursday, April 28, 2016
David discusses his early life growing up in Pankow, Berlin and the large Jewish community established in the city before the war.
/ Friday, April 29, 2016
Famous jazz trumpeter and violinist Louis Bannet talks about his experience auditioning for the Auschwitz camp orchestra and how his talent saved his life. April 30 is International Jazz Day.
clip / Friday, April 29, 2016
Yael Avner and her interviewer observe two minutes of silence at the sound of an air raid siren during Israel's commemoration of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.
clip / Monday, May 2, 2016
Liberator David Zahler describes what it was like being an army medic during World War II. May is Military Appreciation Month.
clip / Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Marion remembers a big jubilation in Times Square on VE Day in New York City on May 8, 1945. Everyone was singing and dancing and many people put up their hands in the shape of a "V" for victory.
clip / Thursday, May 5, 2016
Denise reflects on the night she met her husband, Ernest, at a tennis club dance after only being in England for 10 days. She says that she is glad she married a Jewish man because of his faith and values.
clip / Thursday, May 5, 2016
In honor of the 71st anniversary of the liberation of the Sudetenland women’s forced labor camps, listen to the testimony of Gerda Frieberg, who returned to Trutnov, Czech Republic, for the unveiling of a monument recognizing the suffering of 5,000 Jewish young women imprisoned there from 1940- May 8, 1945.  In addition, listen to the testimonies of interviewees who survived the concentration camps in the area of Trutnov and who performed textile forced labor under difficult living conditions.
/ Friday, May 6, 2016
Sabina discusses her transfer from the Sosnowiec-Dulag camp to Gabersdorf. She traveled by train with a group of women and was told that she would either be working in a cotton factory or live through the war.
/ Friday, May 6, 2016

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