In an effort to create a deeper engagement with educators online, USC Shoah Foundation’s IWitness hosts Twitter chat's on the 2nd or 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 and to join the chat follow and send tweets with #IWitnessChat.
#IWitnessChat / Thursday, February 25, 2016
Go behind the scenes of the IWitness Video Challenge in a new biweekly series. In the first installment, learn everything you need to know about entering this year's contest.
witness challenge, iwvc / Thursday, February 25, 2016
In the second installation in the series, get to know the hardworking staff in USC Shoah Foundation's Executive Office.
/ Friday, February 26, 2016
Branko Lustig reflects on winning an Oscar for Schindler's List and shares his other awards including two Emmy's.
clip, holocaust survivor, Branko Lustig, Oscar, Academy, award / Friday, February 26, 2016
USC sophomore Dana Austin was interested in Professor Jessica Marglin’s course on the Jews of Spain because of its connection to her Spanish major. But the course actually led to her exploration of a different language altogether, with the help of the Visual History Archive: Ladino.
/ Friday, February 26, 2016
Students at the Ronald Lauder Jewish School in Prague debuted the short films they made using testimony from the Visual History Archive.
lauder, czech, Czech Republic, Prague, Martin Smok / Monday, February 29, 2016
Lusia talks about the Sonderkommando Uprising in Auschwitz in 1944 and the efforts of Roza Robota and three other women who smuggled gunpowder to the Sonderkommando group. March is Women's History Month.
clip / Monday, February 29, 2016
Kurt Gregor describes a Czech pub that still had a sign saying "No Dogs and Jews Allowed" after World War II had ended. 
clip / Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Kiril Feferman, PhD, the 2015-2016 Center Fellow, gave a public lecture at the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research focusing on the underresearched topic of the role of religion in influencing the behavior and decisions of Jews and non-Jews in the Nazi-occupied Soviet territories between 1941 and 1944.
cagr / Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Teaching with Testimony in the 21st Century graduate Mónika Mészáros has published the first – and, likely, not the last – Hungarian teacher-authored IWitness activity.Mészáros teaches History and Italian language at Berzsenyi Dániel High School in Budapest, a USC Shoah Foundation partner school. Her colleague Mónika Mezei completed USC Shoah Foundation’s professional development program Teaching with Testimony in the 21st Century, and in 2014 encouraged Mészáros to apply to the program as well.
/ Tuesday, March 1, 2016
IWitness is expanding its offerings for non-English speakers.
iwitness, czech, hungary, poland, Czech Republic, Monika Koszynska, Andrea Szőnyi, Martin Smok / Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Julia Werner, the 2015-2016 Greenberg Fellow, gave a public lecture at the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research focusing on photographs of ghettoization of the Jewish population in Poland, which is part of her wider dissertation research project on photography in occupied Poland.
cagr / Tuesday, March 1, 2016
In her talk, Bothe shared her analysis of comments on USC Shoah Foundation's YouTube channel.
cagr, center for advanced genocide research, teaching fellowship, teaching fellow / Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Tusia Heiman describes how she narrowly avoided being attacked by a Russian soldier at a party. October 25 is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
clip / Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Every once in a while, I have a moment when seemingly disconnected ideas collide in peculiar relief, bringing clarity and making sense – admittedly sometimes only to me. I had one of those days recently when I was looking at the calendar and realized that International Women’s Day on March 8 was approaching.
Women's History Month, International Women's Day, March 8, Grey Anatomy, testimony, Feminism, iwitness, op-eds / Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Educators in Hungary are encouraged to apply for this year’s Teaching with Testimony in the 21st Century program. The deadline is April 3, 2016.
Teaching with Testimony, Teaching with Testimony in 21st Century, Andrea Szőnyi, budapest / Thursday, March 3, 2016
For Troy Strull, Religion 359, “Culture in Diaspora: The Jews of Spain,” taught by Professor Jessica Marglin, was a bit of a family affair. His dad’s side of the family is Jewish, and his mom’s side were Greeks who interacted with the Sephardic Jews discussed in the class. He chose the class out of the options to fulfill one of his general education requirements because he believed it would allow him to learn more about his family’s roots.
/ Thursday, March 3, 2016
Sonia speaks about Wilhelmina Weissmuller, a non-Jewish humanitarian who made it her mission to get as many Jewish children out of Germany on the Kinderstransport as she could. March is Women's History Month.
/ Thursday, March 3, 2016
Women's History Month, iwitness / Thursday, March 3, 2016
For Women’s History Month, bring the unique voices of women who survived or stood up against some of the worst atrocities of the 20th century into your classroom. Facing History is partnering with USC Shoah Foundation to help educators access more than 1,500 video testimonies of survivors and witnesses to the Holocaust and other genocides using the Institute’s online learning tool, IWitness.
facing history, Women's History Month, iwitness, op-eds / Thursday, March 10, 2016
Bothe’s lecture, “Meeting Survivors Online: Negotiating Memory in the Virtual In-Between,” focused on both the theory and practical implications of the “digital turn,” or the rapidly evolving digital landscape that is changing how people interact with the virtual and analog worlds. Her research is centered on the Visual History Archive as a paradigmatic example of this shift in action.
cagr, alina bothe, teaching fellow, presentation, lecture, academic / Thursday, March 3, 2016
Eleven new lesson plans and long term educational projects were developed during the fourth Polish edition of the Teaching with Testimony program.
poland, Teaching with Testimony, Monika Koszynska, mhpj, warsaw / Friday, March 4, 2016
Odette discusses how her mother risked her life to help eight Jews escape Germany by selling her jewelry. This is a part of the USC Shoah Foundation’s Women’s History Month Clip series.
clip / Friday, March 4, 2016
Tetje and another woman helped over 200 children hide away when their homes were bombed. This is a part of the USC Shoah Foundation’s Women’s History Month Clip series.
clip / Friday, March 4, 2016
Maria talks about her aunt Adele Bloch-Bauer, who was painted by Gustav Kilmt in his “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer.” Nazi soldiers confiscated the painting at the start of WWII and after the war, the Austrian State Gallery claimed the painting as its own. Years later, Altmann fought to get the painting back for her family and she went before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2004. Ultimately, it was decided that the painting be sold to the Neue Galerie in New York City, and is currently worth $135 million. This is a part of the USC Shoah Foundation’s Women’s History Month Clip series.
clip / Friday, March 4, 2016
Lily talks about being a very active community worker for Israel. This is a part of the USC Shoah Foundation’s Women’s History Month Clip series.
clip / Friday, March 4, 2016
Agnes talks about delivering messages to the Jews and how she brought them to her aunt’s home where they could hide. This is a part of the USC Shoah Foundation’s Women’s History Month Clip series.
clip / Friday, March 4, 2016
Anna talks about how she strongly believed that what the Germans were doing was morally wrong and how she did what she could to save many children during the Holocaust. This is a part of the USC Shoah Foundation’s Women’s History Month Clip series.
clip / Friday, March 4, 2016
Irene talks about her dangerous experience helping six of her Jewish friends in hiding. This is a part of the USC Shoah Foundation’s Women’s History Month Clip series.
clip / Friday, March 4, 2016
In honor of Women's History Month in March, discover some of the diverse experiences of women in the Visual History Archive.
/ Friday, March 4, 2016

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