In an effort to create a deeper engagement with educators online, USC Shoah Foundation’s IWitness hosts Twitter chats 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. Follow the IWitness twitter account @USCIWitness 
#IWitnessChat, echoes and reflections / Friday, September 16, 2016
Eighth grader Aaron Fig thought carefully when it came time to choose a charitable cause to support for his bar mitzvah earlier this year. When his mom suggested USC Shoah Foundation, it spoke to him, he said, and he enlisted his friends and family to help. “I looked at the website and I thought it was really cool,” Aaron said. “What really stuck with me was the fact that [USC Shoah Foundation] is saving memories. It’s filming people saying their stories that will be archived forever.”
/ Monday, September 19, 2016
Expanding its reach in South America, USC Shoah Foundation has reached an agreement with a museum in Chile to house nearly 100 testimonies from Holocaust survivors.
chile, visual history archive / Monday, September 19, 2016
Holocaust survivor Liana Blum recalls the five-week voyage that brought her and her family from Czechoslovakia to Chile in 1940. They were the only Czechs on the ship, but felt welcomed in their new country.
clip / Monday, September 19, 2016
Hungarian TV station RTL Klub will air the 2015 film Son of Saul for the first time this Saturday, September 24. The IWitness activity Sonderkommandó, Birkenau was designed as a companion activity to the film for Hungarian students.
sonderkommando, iwitness / Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Діна Левіна розповідає про те, як її родина пішла до Бабиного яру 29 вересня 1941 року.
babi yar / Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Діна Левіна розповідає про те, як у людей відбирали документи та речі у Бабиному Яру.
babi yar / Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Діна Левіна розповідає про масовий розстріл у Бабиному Яру і про те, як вночі вибралася з яру.
babi yar / Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Міргазім Сабіров розповідає про те, як проводжав друга до Бабиного яру.
babi yar / Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Міргазім Сабіров розповідає про масовий розстріл у Бабиному Яру  і про те, як його батьки переховували від німців єврейську родину.
babi yar / Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Міргазім Сабіров розповідає про чоловіка, що уцілів після розстрілу у Бабиному Яру.
babi yar / Wednesday, September 21, 2016
babi yar / Wednesday, September 21, 2016
babi yar / Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Three eighth graders from Kansas have won the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes’ 2016 Discovery Award for their video about Armenian Genocide rescuer Emma Darling Cushman. The students and their teacher, Nathan McAlister, drew on USC Shoah Foundation for support and resources to help their passion project come to life.
/ Thursday, September 22, 2016
USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research has two exciting opportunities for scholars that are currently accepting applications.
/ Thursday, September 22, 2016
Holocaust survivors often visit USC Shoah Foundation – but not many come armed with ideas and research for developing a game to teach students about the Holocaust, like Sigmund Tobias did this September.
/ Monday, September 26, 2016
Coinciding with the 75th anniversary of the Babi Yar massacre in Ukraine, USC Shoah Foundation has published a new IWitness activity about Babi Yar and has begun leading a brand-new IWalk at the historic site in Kiev.
visual history archive, Ukraine, kyiv, walk, anna lenchovska / Monday, September 26, 2016
On the heels of USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research’s international conference on genocide and resistance in Guatemala, the 2016-17 Center Graduate Research Fellow Paula Cuellar Cuellar gave a lecture about her own research of scorched earth as an integral part of the genocides in Guatemala and El Salvador.
cagr, Guatemalan Genocide, center fellow / Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Holocaust survivor and writer Michael Bar-Zohar discusses the integral role Shimon Peres played in Israel's struggle for peace.
clip / Wednesday, September 28, 2016
/ Wednesday, September 28, 2016
To commemorate National Archives Month, the Society of American Archivists is sponsoring a social media event #AskAnArchivist Day on Wednesday, Oct. 5. The day is an opportunity for archivists to interact with anyone interested in their profession by answering questions with the hashtag #AskAnArchivist. USC Shoah Foundation will participate in #AskanArchivist Day for the third year. Throughout the day our archivists and indexers who will be answering questions on the Visual History Archive and the archive field.
/ Wednesday, September 28, 2016
USC Shoah Foundation’s ITeach seminars, which introduce educators to IWitness and teaching with testimony from the Visual History Archive, have been officially accredited by Hungary’s Ministry of Human Resources, paving the way for testimony to be fully integrated into Hungarian curriculum.
/ Wednesday, September 28, 2016
The students in Kristen Link’s high school German classes in Illinois learn a lot more than a new language. With the help of Echoes and Reflections, they also learn about one of the darkest chapters in German history. Link has taught the Holocaust as part of her German classes for over 15 years, but said she has felt for a while that something was missing from her teaching. She thought that there had to be a way to make her teaching on the subject more effective.
/ Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Jewish survivor Sarah Kleinplatz remembers the first time she saw Auschwitz and her first experiences as she stepped out of the cattlecar with her sisters as they approached selection. This clip is part of the Visual History Archive's Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre collection.
clip, Canadian / Thursday, September 29, 2016
The Canadian collections consist of 1,250 testimonies taken by nine organizations in Canada, the three biggest of which are the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre, Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre, and McGill University.
canada, visual history archive / Thursday, September 29, 2016
Jewish survivor Peter Silverman recalls attempting to take a bag of potatoes to his starving family with his cousin. They were stopped by a policeman and two collaborators, but were able to escape. This clip is part of the Visual History Archive's Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre collection.
clip, Canadian / Friday, September 30, 2016
Benjamin Madley gave a public lecture at the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research focusing on his new book, “An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873."
cagr / Monday, October 31, 2016
Each year, USC Shoah Foundation welcomes a new intern from the Austrian Holocaust Memorial Service to work at the Institute as an alternative to his compulsory military service. Just a few weeks ago, Austrian intern number 13 Andro Ofenheimer started his ten months at the Institute.
/ Friday, September 30, 2016
Jewish survivor Paul Landau was forced to work in a printshop within Sachsenhausen, and printed counterfeit documents and money for the Nazis. This clip is part of the Visual History Archive's Living Testimonies at McGill University collection.
clip, Canadian / Friday, September 30, 2016

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