homepage, hanukkah / Tuesday, December 5, 2023
Jennifer Rodgers is a historian of modern Germany and Europe. She holds a PhD in History from the University of Pennsylvania, where she wrote a dissertation on the International Tracing Service (ITS), the first study of this Holocaust-era humanitarian organization.
/ Monday, December 11, 2023
Elia Groode is a student majoring in Law, History, and Culture and minoring in Consumer Behavior. As an intern at the USC Shoah Foundation, Elia helps to train the dimensions in testimony (DIT) system in both English and Hebrew. She also works on some writing projects, such as curating short biographies for survivors. In addition to her work with the Shoah Foundation, she is the political director for Trojans for Israel and a TAMID strategy consultant.
/ Monday, December 11, 2023
Soumya Nambi Ganesh is a Metadata Analyst Intern at the USC Shoah Foundation. Primarily tasked with cleaning, tagging and annotating video interview - data for an AI Chatbot that enables virtual interactions with genocide survivors. Prior experience includes Data Analytics and Business Intelligence in technology.
/ Monday, December 11, 2023
Adriana Reynoso is a Holocaust Indexer for USC Shoah Foundation. She also supports the training program of new indexers for Holocaust and Guatemalan Genocide testimonies.
/ Monday, December 11, 2023
Tom indexes Holocaust survivor testimonies for the Visual History Archive. He joined the Shoah Foundation in 2022 after earning a MSt in Yiddish Studies from the University of Oxford and a PhD in Germanic Languages and Literatures from the University of Pennsylvania. He spent one year in Vienna as a Fulbright Fellow researching his dissertation on Jewish Thought in Franz Werfel’s dramatic works.
/ Monday, December 11, 2023
She is responsible for inputting and organizing metadata associated with the Foundation’s vast collection of audiovisual testimonies of Holocaust survivors and witnesses.
/ Monday, December 11, 2023
Hamza Kamil, a junior undergrad in the Interactive Media and Game Design program at USC, has had the privilege of serving as a Media Production Intern at the USC Shoah Foundation.
/ Monday, December 11, 2023
Harold is a South Carolina State University graduate with a B.A. in Political Science. A career educator with a keen interest in History, Harold introduces new guests to our interactive lobby, which demonstrates the transformative power of Holocaust testimonies delivered through interactive technology as well as artistic expression. Harold also coordinates with facilities and DPS to ensure the maintenance and safety of the work environment. 
/ Monday, December 11, 2023
The Institute mourns the passing of members of our community in 2022, including survivors who have given testimony, Joe Adamson, Helen Fagin, Sigmund Burke, Vera Gissing, Gerda Weissmann Klein, Bill Harvey, Max Glauben, Max Eisen, Phillip Maisel, Edward Mosberg, Judah Samet and Robert Clary.
in memoriam / Thursday, December 15, 2022
Ari Şekeryan received his PhD from the University of Oxford in 2018 and has since held research positions at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, California State University–Fresno, the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, and the University of Cambridge.
/ Tuesday, December 12, 2023
Julie Gruenbaum Fax is a content strategist and creator on our communications team, responsible for institutional storytelling, feature writing, and strategic messaging.
/ Tuesday, December 12, 2023
Dr. Robert J. Williams is the Finci-Viterbi Executive Director of USC Shoah Foundation. He is UNESCO Chair on Antisemitism and Holocaust Research and the Advisor to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, where he also served for four years as chair of the Committee on Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial.
/ Monday, October 31, 2022
The USC Shoah Foundation mourns the August 3, 2023 passing of Nimrod “Zigi” Ariav, a Holocaust survivor who fought in the 1944 Warsaw Uprising and Israel’s War of Independence before becoming a leader in the Israeli aeronautics industry. He was a longtime supporter of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw. He was 96. 
/ Thursday, August 17, 2023
In the moments before Shaylee Atary Winner escaped from her home in the early morning hours of October 7, she saw her husband fighting to close the iron window grates in their safe room over the hand of a terrorist who was reaching in. With a glance, Shaylee and her husband silently agreed she would take their baby and run.
antiSemitism, Oct 7 / Friday, December 1, 2023
Ben Ferencz, the last remaining prosecutor from the Nuremberg Trials who passed away in Florida earlier this month, gave countless interviews over the course of his illustrious career. But surely none was longer, or more technically challenging, than the three-day testimony he gave to USC Shoah Foundation at the height of the Covid pandemic in July 2020. The need for social distancing necessitated that filming be done remotely, with boxes of sophisticated equipment shipped to Ferencz’s modest Florida home.
/ Monday, April 17, 2023
In this November 8, 2023 talk, Dr. Matthias Becker elaborates on his interdisciplinary and transnational project Decoding Antisemitism, which aims to develop tools for recognizing and tracking down various forms of online antisemitism, including its open and covert forms that exist in and circulate both in fringe communities as well as in mainstream discourse.
antiSemitism, CATT, homepage, discussion, lecture, presentation, research, antisemitism series / Tuesday, December 19, 2023
Join Dr. Matthias Becker to learn how his interdisciplinary and transnational project, Decoding Antisemitism, aims to develop tools to track online antisemitism in both fringe communities and mainstream discourse. Part of our Antisemitism Lecture Series.
antiSemitism / Wednesday, October 18, 2023
In the face of the current alarming resurgence in antisemitism, we are expanding our efforts to record testimonies from those who have experienced anti-Jewish hate since 1945 – including those who are experiencing it today. Along with our collection of 55,000 Holocaust survivor testimonies, these new testimonies will be an invaluable resource to researchers, educators, and policymakers in the urgent effort to mitigate the deadly threat of antisemitism to Jewish and non-Jewish communities around the world today.
/ Thursday, August 1, 2019
We are grateful that so many of these survivors, partners, friends, and family members have entrusted us to share their stories for future generations, and for the passion and dedication they brought in support of our mission.
/ Friday, December 15, 2023
/ Wednesday, December 20, 2023
homepage / Wednesday, December 20, 2023
Gerald Szames is 2, maybe 3 years old. He is standing at the foot of the bed, looking at his mother. She is sick, propped up on a pile of pillows. He has other flashes of memories of life before the Nazis invaded his Polish shtetl of Trochenbrod in 1941, when he was four years old – his grandfather taking him to the mill, his father lifting him up to give him a candy and a kiss.
last chance testimony, lcti / Wednesday, April 12, 2023
Kelsey Burke oversees the USC Shoah Foundation social media channels by leading the social media strategy, curating content, and engaging with followers.
/ Thursday, January 11, 2024
/ Monday, January 22, 2024
Sedda Antekelian develops educational content, programming and community partnerships utilizing Armenian Genocide testimony collections. Sedda received her B.A. in History and Humanities from Loyola Marymount University, Master of Arts in Teaching from UC Irvine, and holds a Single-Subject teaching credential in Social-Science and Art History. Sedda has well-rounded experience working within diverse educational spheres, including the traditional classroom, museum education, online curriculum development and project-based learning.
/ Monday, June 5, 2017
In October 1942, when deportations from the Warsaw ghetto paused, more than 20 youth groups and underground units coalesced into a united front. Vladka Meed channeled her despair at losing her family into fighting the Nazis.
/ Friday, June 11, 2021
On the afternoon of January 27, 1945, the Red Army liberated Auschwitz, a complex of concentration and extermination camps. Although most of the prisoners were sent on a death march before the Soviet troops arrived, around 7,000 still remained at Auschwitz. The date of the liberation is recognized by the United Nations as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
/ Wednesday, January 12, 2022