Iraqi Holocaust survivor J. Khazzoom describes an incident in which he and his brother decided to prepare boiling water to pour on a mob coming to attack their home. His father told them that Jews do not kill anyone and made them stop.
clip / Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Ukrainian students once again demonstrated their artistic skill and sensitivity to testimony for this year’s “Sources of Tolerance” summer camp in Ukraine.
Ukraine, anna lenchovska, art / Wednesday, June 22, 2016
USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research (CAGR) is convening an international academic conference bringing researchers from all disciplines as well as the fields of Latin American Studies and Genocide Studies to advance the discussion of “Genocide and Resistance in Guatemala.”
/ Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Jason Hensely’s project to interview Kindertransport survivors who were taken in by Christadelphians during World War II began with an Echoes and Reflections online professional development course.
/ Wednesday, June 22, 2016
"Silence is not an option" became the motto of over 100 guests who learned about USC Shoah Foundation’s mission to fight against hatred and intolerance through genocide survivor and witness testimony.
advancement / Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Jack Warga explains the difficulties he and his father had keeping their memories of the Holocaust alive years later when many people had stopped caring about what happened.
clip / Thursday, June 23, 2016
Kathrin Meyer concluded her visit to USC Shoah Foundation with the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) with an informative conversation with Director of Education Kori Street.
ihra, kori street, Teaching with Testimony / Thursday, June 23, 2016
USC Shoah Foundation's educational platform, IWitness continues hosting free webinars for educators throughout 2016. These webinars aim to provide a more in-depth and interactive approach to learning how to teach with testimony.
IWitness Webinar / Friday, June 24, 2016
After seeing the film “The Secret of Kells,” San Francisco State University student Collin Searls knew he wanted to create an animated movie in a similar vein for his thesis project. He didn’t have to look too far for inspiration on the subject. Searls decided to create a documentary-style, partially animated film about his great-grandmother, Rose Kurek, who had survived the Holocaust. The film went on to win 2nd Place Student Animation in the 2016 ASIFA Spring Festival and help Searls earn his bachelor of arts degree.
/ Friday, June 24, 2016
Left: Evening to Benefit USC Shoah Foundation co-hosts Ken Ehrlich, Andy Friendly, and Sandra & Vin Scully   Inspired by last year’s historic Auschwitz: The Past is Present program, producer Andy Friendly is taking his tradition of remembrance to heart by joining the USC Shoah Foundation Board of Councilors.
/ Monday, June 27, 2016
The National Holocaust Centre and Museum, founded by USC Shoah Foundation Executive Director Stephen Smith and James Smith, will commemorate its 20th anniversary June 26 with a service at Westminster Abbey in London.
/ Friday, June 24, 2016
Ralph Romberg explains how surviving the Holocaust insired him to stand up for all people who are victims of discrimination and prejudice.
clip / Friday, June 24, 2016
Békéscsaba is the birthplace of survivor Gabor Hirsch, who traveled to Poland with USC Shoah Foundation in 2015 for "Auschwitz: The Past is Present."
hungary / Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Gabor Hirsch describes his physical condition when Soviet soldiers liberated him in Auschwitz on January 27, 1945.
clip / Tuesday, June 28, 2016
At its physical core, USC Shoah Foundation is an impressive bank of computers and programs that bring the testimony of genocide survivors to people around the world. It’s a complicated and mysterious process for those who don’t have advanced degrees. But beyond the connections of wires and microchips, there is something far more mysterious and complicated going on: the human connection that takes place between people from different times, different places and different backgrounds when they engage with testimony.
op-eds / Tuesday, June 28, 2016
The USC Shoah Foundation Junior Interns learned about Japanese internment on their second annual field trip.
junior interns, Lesly Culp / Wednesday, June 29, 2016
A trio of eighth-graders from New Jersey created a poetry group that has enabled students at their school to express their hardships and appreciation for one another.
iwvc, iwitness, iwitness video challenge, IWitness Video Challenge Winner / Thursday, June 30, 2016
USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive is a tool that allows genocide survivors to tell their stories. But it isn’t their words that summer research fellow Erin Mizrahi is interested in; it’s their silence. Mizrahi, a fifth-year Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture Ph.D. student at USC, is studying silence as a theoretical approach through two very different subjects: sexual assault in performance art and the Holocaust.
/ Thursday, June 30, 2016
Elie Borowski is overcome with emotion remembering the French army's retreat after the fall of Paris in 1940.
clip / Thursday, June 30, 2016
USC Shoah Foundation released an updated version of the Visual History Archive (VHA) that includes functionality enhancements related to the Institute’s partnership with ProQuest.
visual history archive, proquest / Friday, July 1, 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. Batsabe Martinez Manzanero, a Ph.D. student in Social Anthropology at El Colegio de Michoacán, will speak about the Guatemalan Mayas who live in Mexico, specifically at a former refugee camp known as Maya Tecún.
/ Tuesday, July 5, 2016
After a unique and inspiring fundraiser for USC Shoah Foundation in New York City last week, two jewelry designers are extending a special sale to benefit USC Shoah Foundation through Thursday, July 7.
advancement / Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Jewish survivor William Good shares his incredible escape story from the Ponary massacre in Lithuania.
clip / Tuesday, July 5, 2016
/ Tuesday, July 5, 2016
In order to properly educate more Czech teachers on how to fully utilize IWitness programs, Senior International Program Consultant and Regional Consultant in the Czech Republic Martin Šmok is holding two teacher training sessions in August.
Czech Republic, czech, Martin Smok, iwitness / Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Highlights from the USC Shoah Foundation Junior Interns' field trip to Manzanar National Historic Site, June 27, 2016.
/ Wednesday, July 6, 2016
/ Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Jewish survivor Oskar Lustig reflects on his childhood in Budapest, Hungary.
clip / Wednesday, July 6, 2016
When eighth-grader Allison Vandal saw a classmate run into the classroom crying, she did the best thing she could think of to help: She wrote the classmate a poem about the power of words. That simple act of kindness would soon grow into something much bigger. Along with her friends and classmates Maya Montell and Caroline Waters, Allison started the Poets Undercover Guild (PUG), a society at Readington Middle School in New Jersey where students give or receive poetry to each other to build an inclusive community within the school.
/ Thursday, July 7, 2016
Jewish survivor Donia Blumenfeld Clenman recites her powerful poem titled "Justice," which summarizes her feelings about the Holocaust during what was the 50th anniversary of the war's end.
clip / Thursday, July 7, 2016

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