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
In this clip, Dr. Bertram Schaffner reflects on how much he was aware of anti-homosexual persecution in Berlin under the Nazis during his stay in 1936.
gay, gay pride, paragraph 175, homosexual, Bertram Schaffner, Berlin, tcv, clip / Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Cuellar is researching the experiences of women and girls in scorched earth campaigns in Guatemala and El Salvador.
cagr, Guatemalan Genocide, Guatemala, research fellow / Thursday, June 2, 2016
In this clip, Dr. Bertram Schaffner takes a moment at the end of the interview to show his gratitude for the opportunity to give his testimony with the hope that it will be useful to someone who views it.
gay, gay pride, Bertram Schaffner, homosexual, future message, message to the future / Thursday, June 2, 2016
Educators are introduced to Echoes and Reflections through a three-part online professional development course monthly from Echoes and Reflections on teaching the Holocaust using testimony from the Visual History Archive and other primary and secondary sources.Echoes and Reflections delivers value to both experienced Holocaust educators who are supplementing their curricula and for teachers new to Holocaust education.
Echoes and Reflection, Proffesional Development, Holocaust education / Friday, June 3, 2016
Arshag Dickranian had a happy childhood. The son of a wealthy Armenian merchant who worked in clothing manufacturing, Dickranian grew up in Adapazari, Turkey, home to around 20,000 Armenians. The diverse city was home to Greeks, Jews, and Turks as well as Armenians — all of whom peacefully coexisted.Then, when he was 10, everything changed. His family, and all the other Armenians in the city, were forced to travel through Turkey, toward Syria in what has now become known as the Armenian Genocide.
/ Friday, June 3, 2016
Rob Hadley, USC Shoah Foundation education consultant in the U.S., will lead an introductory IWitness workshop at the one-day seminar “Teaching and Learning About the Holocaust” Saturday, June 4, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
iwitness, workshop, seminar, apip, north carolina / Friday, June 3, 2016
pressroom, vha, vhap, one-sheet / Monday, June 6, 2016
After nearly three years of the IWitness in Rwanda program, IWitness will debut new activities created by some of the teachers who participated in the program.
rwanda, rpep / Monday, June 6, 2016
 Despite the fact that Aida Fogel grew up in Caracas, Venezuela, she was familiar with USC Shoah Foundation from an early age. A family friend worked with the Institute to interview survivors in Venezuela, and two of Fogel’s great-aunts gave testimony. Though her grandmother didn’t give testimony, she was an Auschwitz survivor herself.
/ Monday, June 6, 2016
Bertram Schaffner’s story is a unique one because of the multiple roles he played as a gay German American during the period that saw the rise of Nazi Germany and the outbreak of World War II.
gay, homosexual, paragraph 175, gay rights, gay pride, Bertram Schaffner, op-eds / Tuesday, June 7, 2016
USC Shoah Foundation staff are currently in Nanjing, China, to record about 20 more testimonies of Nanjing Massacre survivors.
nanjing, Nanjing Massacre, nanjing survivor / Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Jack talks about the liberation of Buchenwald on April 11 by the American soldiers. He said they could see them approaching. Everyone was incredibly relieved, however, many people still died due to dysentery.
clip / Tuesday, June 7, 2016
USC junior Nisha Kale combined her dual interests in neuroscience and history to begin work on a multidisciplinary research project as USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research’s DEFY Undergraduate Summer Research Fellow. Kale, a double major in Neuroscience and Law, History and Culture, said she applied to the DEFY Undergraduate Research Fellowship, which provides support for a USC undergraduate to conduct research in the Visual History Archive at USC Shoah Foundation for one month, because it would allow her to combine her admittedly contrasting interests.
/ Wednesday, June 8, 2016
The regional finalists of the IWitness Video Challenge were inspired by genocide testimony to serve food to the needy, inspire and motivate those who are struggling, honor the elderly and more.
iivc, iwitness video challenge / Wednesday, June 8, 2016
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People who want to visit the places where the Holocaust happened have many options: Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, the Shoes on the Danube Memorial in Budapest, former ghettos, or the fields of Babi Yar, to name a few.But when it comes to the Armenian Genocide, former sites of the massacres and killings are so difficult to access most people have never been there or even seen them in pictures.That’s what photographer Bardig Kouyoumdjian attempted to change with his book Deir-Zor: On the trail of the Armenian Genocide of 1915.
/ Friday, June 10, 2016
The Genocide Education Project will host a workshop for educators on how to incorporate testimony from Armenian Genocide survivors into their teaching at an event on Friday.
Armenian Genocide, Armenian Genocide Testimony Collection / Thursday, June 9, 2016
Armenian Genocide survivor Alexander Aintablian describes the lists of names of who was going to be deported that were posted in his town, and how he survived at an orphanage.
clip / Thursday, June 9, 2016
In this video clip, Johan Klisser recalls when he was 16 years old and separated from his parents in Amsterdam. At one point during his attempt at hiding from the Nazis, he stayed with a gay couple who were part of the Dutch resistance.
gay, homosexual, gay pride, hiding, netherlands, Johan Klisser, jewish survivor, tcv, clip / Thursday, June 9, 2016
USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research staff took their first trip to the American University of Paris (AUP) last month, the first visit since a partnership between the two organizations was announced.
aup, Paris, cagr, center for advanced genocide research, USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research / Friday, June 10, 2016