You never know what you will find in the Visual History Archive. You hear stories of survival, death, life, hope and even friendship amidst the chaos of genocide. Sidney Shafner and Marcel Levy have remained friends for over 70 years – since the liberation of the concentration camp Dachau.
testimony, friendship, Sidney Shafner, Marcel Levy, liberation, op-eds / Wednesday, May 18, 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, May 18, 2016
During her month in residence at USC Shoah Foundation, Walch will research the exclusion of German Jews from their own homeland during the Holocaust through Nazi policies restricting Jewish spaces and architecture.
bob katz, cagr, fellowship / Thursday, May 19, 2016
Rose Apelian was born in 1907 in New York to Armenian parents. Though both her parents had become American citizens since immigrating to the States, they decided to go back to their homeland in 1910 for property tax reasons.Unfortunately, neither of her parents would ever return.
/ Friday, May 20, 2016
Fred remembers a conversation he had with a German soldier about the Nazi military ideology, in addition to the ideology about the German "reich." The Nazis intended to create this "reich" using any method because they believed they were the "supermen."
clip / Thursday, May 19, 2016
USC Shoah Foundation’s Armenian Genocide Collection is in the process of being transcribed, translated and subtitled in English, so that more viewers can watch the testimonies given in the survivors’ native languages.
Armenian Genocide Testimony Collection / Friday, May 20, 2016
USC Shoah Foundation, writer Robin Migdol sits down with Manuk Avedikyan, program administrator for the Armenian Genocide Testimony Collection. Manuk describes the intricate process of translating and subtitling of the Armenian language testimonies.
A Closer Look, Armenian Genocide, interview, Armenian Genocide Collection, video / Monday, May 23, 2016
USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research will host the international conference “A Conflict? Genocide and Resistance in Guatemala,” at the University of Southern California, Sept. 11-14, 2016. The scholars profiled in this series were each selected to present their research at the conference. Jorge Ramon Gonzalez-Ponciano will look back over one hundred years in Guatemala’s history to examine what he believes was one of the earliest triggers of the Guatemalan Genocide in the 1980s.
cagr / Monday, May 23, 2016
Eva Szekely shares the incredible story of how she unexpectedly met the same Arrow Cross member who spared her from being shot into the Danube River as a child years later at a swimming competiton.
clip / Monday, May 23, 2016
IWitness’s popular Watch page, which features curated testimony clips and accompanying educational materials, has added new content and features in response to user feedback.
iwitness / Monday, May 23, 2016
This seminar will extend Echoes & Reflections Teacher's Resource Guide Lessons and work to deepen participant knowledge of the topic through testimony and other IWitness resources.
iwitness, seminar, echoes and reflections / Tuesday, May 24, 2016
US veteran James Matthews describes what he saw upon entering Nordhausen. He was shocked to see the emaciated prisoners and dead bodies. May is Military Appreciation Month.
clip / Tuesday, May 24, 2016
USC Shoah Foundation Managing Director Kim Simon and Director of Education Kori Street are in Bucharest, Romania, this week at the bi-annual plenary meeting of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).
ihra, kim simon, kori street, romania / Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Beatrice talks about how pleasant life was living in Bucharest before the war, remembering a park at the center of the city. She recalls the Jewish community being very integrated within all facets of the city.
clip / Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Ten years ago, Karen Haynie brought testimony from USC Shoah Foundation into her classroom by having her students gather around a single computer to watch the videos.
/ Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Theoneste Karenzi addresses concerns about justice and shame for genocide perpetrators, and responds to Genocide against the Tutsi deniers.
clip / Thursday, May 26, 2016
The education, community and peace-building Rwanda Peace Education Program (RPEP) has concluded after three years, and its partners have begun to evaluate the impact of USC Shoah Foundation’s role in the program, with positive results.
rpep, rwanda, kigali genocide memorial, iwitness, genocide archive rwanda / Thursday, May 26, 2016
A collection of testimony clips from WWII liberators who served in the United States Armed Forces.
liberator, tcv / Friday, May 27, 2016
Howard Cwick was born in the Bronx, New York, on August 25, 1923, to Samuel and Sarah Cwick, both Polish immigrants. Howard had an older sister, Sylvia. TheCwick family spoke both English and Yiddish, kept a kosher home, and attended synagogue three times a week. Howard went to school at P.S. 100 in the Bronx beforegoing on to Brooklyn Technical High School. When he was seven years old, Howard received his first camera and became interested in photography.
male, liberator, soldier, Buchenwald, clip, unesco / Friday, May 27, 2016
 Nimrod Ariav shares 'his message to the future.'
/ Friday, May 27, 2016
The American Society for Yad Vashem will honor Holocaust survivors in Hollywood at its annual gala in Los Angeles June 6, inspired by The Hollywood Reporter’s landmark story “Hollywood’s Last Survivors.”
yad vashem, Hollywood Reporter, Branko Lustig / Friday, May 27, 2016
The young Nazi approached 13-year-old Szulem Czygielmamn as he walked on the sidewalk of Lubartowska Street in Lublin, Poland, and shoved him off the sidewalk. Szulem was lucky; Jews had died for less.
Israel, holocaust survivor, résistance, op-eds / Friday, May 27, 2016
Glance at one of David Kassan’s artworks depicting Holocaust survivors Samuel Goldofsky or Elsa Ross and you might assume it’s a photograph. But look closer and the piece comes to life as an intricately detailed and stunningly realistic oil painting.
/ Friday, May 27, 2016
Sam tells the story of his father being taken away and ultimately sent to Auschwitz. In the process of trying to save his father, Sam's entire family was almost taken prisoner. Sam, his brother, his sister and his mother were all able to escape except his father.
clip / Friday, May 27, 2016
USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research will host the international conference “A Conflict? Genocide and Resistance in Guatemala,” at the University of Southern California, Sept. 11-14, 2016. The scholars profiled in this series were each selected to present their research at the conference. Roddy Brett’s research on the genocide in Guatemala began 24 years ago while he was working on his second master’s degree at Cambridge – a decision he made literally overnight.
/ Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Activist and Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein explains why she believes social activism is a duty for all. Hedy died May 26, 2016, at age 91.
clip / Tuesday, May 31, 2016
USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research will host a steady stream of undergraduate, graduate and faculty fellows this summer who will conduct research in the Visual History Archive for a wide range of projects and courses.
cagr, fellow, fellowship, rutman teaching fellow, texas, teaching fellowship / Tuesday, May 31, 2016
In this clip, Bertram Schaffner recounts a visit to Berlin in 1936 in which he attempts to approach another man in the park and learns about the danger such a meeting in public poses under Nazi rule.
gay, gay pride, homosexual, rescuer, paragraph 175, Bertram Schaffner, tcv, clip / Wednesday, June 1, 2016
In just one week, the Sheffield Documentary Film Festival will showcase USC Shoah Foundation’s New Dimensions in Testimony project as an example of one of the most cutting-edge new technologies in storytelling and virtual reality.
ndt, New Dimensions in Testimony / Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Edith Eger describes how she was made to dance for Dr. Josef Mengele during the selection upon her arrival at Auschwitz.
clip / Wednesday, June 1, 2016

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