/ Tuesday, June 14, 2016
“Oskar Schindler saved my life but Steven Spielberg gave me a voice,” Holocaust survivor Celina Biniaz.
schindlers list, celina biniaz, memory, op-eds / Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Join USC Shoah Foundation for an informative conversation with International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)’s Executive Secretary Kathrin Meyer, PhD, on Friday, June 17 in USC’s Leavey Library.
ihra, kori street / Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Holocaust survivor Roslyn Goldofsky explains her conflicting feelings about being Jewish after the Holocaust.
clip / Tuesday, June 14, 2016
The Institute took the audience and jury prizes in the Alternative Realities Interactive categories for its New Dimensions in Testimony (NDT) project.
/ Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Priscilla Hefley, a master’s student in the USC School of Social Work, knew she wanted to do research on trauma and its impact on the brain, but she had no idea where to start – until her professor Hazel Atuel suggested she look in USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive.
/ Wednesday, June 15, 2016
USC Shoah Foundation presents 24 stories of genocide survivors who recall their experiences as refugees in their testimonies preserved in the Visual History Archive. Each clip of testimony to inspire, inform and shed light on the impact of war, genocide and massacre forcing individuals from their homes.  
tcv, refugees, World Refugee Day / Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Jewish survivor Rita Kuhn discusses her interest in speaking with her Nazi cousin to learn a lot more about her experiences in the Holocaust. She says that her past did not exist to her until she openly discussed it in 1985, and she was finally able to share her experiences publicly in Berlin in 1988.
clip / Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Featuring Junior Intern Ruth Hernandez, the event raised nearly $100,000 for USC Shoah Foundation.
Next Generation, next generation council, Ruth Hernandez, Stephen Smith, Philadelphia / Thursday, June 16, 2016
Jewish survivor Fred Anstcherl talks about being boycotted by the Swiss Jews while living as refugees in Switzerland. The indigenous Jewish community believed the Austrian and German Jewish refugees would undermine their existence, and they did not want them in their country. The Quakers and other Christian groups were very kind to the refugees by contrast.
clip, male, jewish survivor, refugee / Thursday, June 16, 2016
Jewish survivor Ruth Bernard talks about being a Jewish refugee in Stotfold, England and the difficult physical conditions they endured to obtain basic things such as water, a kitchen, and school. She remembers the farmer that she stayed with couldn’t believe that she was Jewish because she looked so normal.
clip, female, jewish survivor, refugee / Thursday, June 16, 2016
Jewish survivor Ida Chait talks about her experience as a Jewish refugee in Komi, Russia and having to relocate to Samarkand in cattle cars on a journey that took over 30 days. She and her family had to live on the streets of Samarkand for 6 weeks, until her father was able to get a job as a tailor.
clip, jewish survivor, refugee / Thursday, June 16, 2016
Jewish survivor Fritz Schulmann fled to the Philippines from Nazi controlled Germany in 1939. Fritz remembers his life as a refugee in the coastal town Bacolod and reflects on the generosity of his German-Filipino landlord.
clip, male, jewish survivor, refugee / Thursday, June 16, 2016
Tutsi survivor Live Wesige describes how his life changed dramatically when living in a refugee camp in Goma. Coming from a privileged family, Wesige wasn’t prepared for the means of survival.
clip, tutsi survivor, male, refugee / Thursday, June 16, 2016
Jewish survivor Susan Dregely, talks about her experience as a child in a displaced persons camp. She and the other children were able to create their own world among the many people still suffering.
clip, female, jewish survivor, refugee / Thursday, June 16, 2016
Armenian survivor Richard Ashton describes the difficult conditions he and his family endured as they made their way to a “Near East Relief” camp. They were relieved when they arrived, until they realized cholera had broken out and many people were dying.
clip, male, armenian survivor, Armenian Genocide, refugee / Thursday, June 16, 2016
Jewish survivor Walter Joelson talks about his experience at Busserach, the refugee camp in Switzerland. He describes the difficult conditions he was forced to endure but says that he was simply happy to be free and not living in fear anymore. He also says that some of the Swiss people expressed kindness to him by supplying him with socks and other supplies.  
clip, male, jewish survivor, refugee / Thursday, June 16, 2016
Armenian survivor Garabed Der Minasian describes having to pack up and leave behind his home with his family when Turkish authorities had surrounded their town. With nowhere to go, Garabed and his family were forced to leave and survive on their own.
clip, male, armenian survivor, Armenian Genocide, refugee / Thursday, June 16, 2016
Armenian Survivor Louis Genjian talks about his difficult journey alongside other Armenian refugees after leaving behind their homes. At night, Turkish men would come and steal young girls and children, never to be seen again. The refugees hardly slept at night and had to keep walking every day or be left behind.
clip, male, armenian survivor, Armenian Genocide, refugee / Thursday, June 16, 2016
Armenian survivor Elise Taft remembers the Turkish soldiers telling the Armenian refugees that it was for their own safety to leave their homes. She was excited to ride on a train for the first time, but quickly realized how terrible the situation was.
clip, female, armenian survivor, Armenian Genocide, refugee / Thursday, June 16, 2016
Jewish survivor Rolf Allan and his family settled in England during the war, after attempting to travel to Cuba on the St. Louis ship. They had very little with them and found it difficult to settle in, as they were not welcomed initially in England because they were German. 
clip, jewish survivor, st louis, refugee / Thursday, June 16, 2016
Jewish survivor Alfred Broch discusses the internment process that Jewish refugees underwent in England and the various categories of freedom they were given with levels A, B and C.
clip, male, jewish survivor, alfred broch, refugee / Thursday, June 16, 2016
Barbara Schubak explains what happened when she snuck back to her old house from the ghetto. Her longtime neighbors had moved in and refused to let her in, even though they had been friends for years.
clip / Thursday, June 16, 2016
Though Koko Mazloumian was an Armenian in the Ottoman Empire during the Armenian Genocide, he and his family escaped persecution due to their close ties with some of the Ottoman leadership. Mazloumian’s family ran the storied Baron Hotel in Aleppo, Syria. Despite the fact that most other places they were massacring Armenians, the Turkish army adopted the hotel — which also had a mostly Armenian staff — as a sort of informal headquarters.
/ Friday, June 17, 2016
Armenian Genocide survivor Koko Mazloumian describes his family's hotel, the Baron, in Aleppo, Syria, and a few of the poeple who stayed there during the genocide period.
clip / Friday, June 17, 2016
June 20 is recognized by the United Nations as International Refugee Day to raise awareness of the plight of the refugees around the world.
refugee, refugees, World Refugee Day / Friday, June 17, 2016
June 20th is recognized by the United Nations as International Refugee Day to raise awareness of the plight of the refugees around the world. In the Visual History Archive, the testimonies of genocide survivors include their personal experiences as refugees. As of now, the world is facing the biggest refugee crisis since World War II. To shed light on the current and past refugee crisis explore 10 interesting facts about the refugee experience.
World Refugee Day, op-eds / Friday, June 17, 2016
The work includes hardware and software updates to systems that have been in use in the Shoah Foundation digitization, archive and storage process for testimony ingest for over nine years.
its, visual history archive, kaltura / Monday, June 20, 2016
As the facilitator of the most recent Echoes and Reflections Online Professional Development course, Esther Hurh helped introduce over two dozen teachers to teaching with testimony for the first time. Hurh has worked with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in a variety of roles for over 15 years, including as the director of training and curriculum development in ADL’s education department. She is currently an education and curriculum consultant for Echoes and Reflections, ADL and other education and advocacy groups.
/ Monday, June 20, 2016
Sol Filler shares two examples of how jokes helped him get through the difficult experiences of the Holocaust.
clip / Monday, June 20, 2016

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