Roman Kent describes the moment the cattle car door’s opened and the utter chaos of arriving to Auschwitz.
a70, auschwitz, roman kent, male, jewish survivor / Monday, January 19, 2015
Roman Kent talks about the songs he would sing for resistance in camps and how these songs create a sense of community.
clip, male, jewish survivor, roman kent, DOR15 / Friday, April 17, 2015
Jewish survivor, Roman Kent and his family were deported from the Lodz ghetto to Auschwitz, a journey that took several days in crowded and dark cattle cars. Roman describes the moment the cattle car door’s opened and the utter chaos of arriving to Auschwitz. This is the 11th testimony clip in the series 70 Days of Testimony: Leading up to the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz.
clip, male, jewish survivor, roman kent, arrival, Auschwitz70 / Monday, November 24, 2014
Roman Kent was born Roman Kniker to Emanuel and Sonia Kniker in Lodz, Poland, on April 18, 1929. He had two older sisters and one younger brother. His father owned a textile factory. When walking to the private Jewish school he attended, Roman remembers that non-Jewish children called him and his classmates names and threw stones at them. In 1939, soon after the Germans invaded Poland, Roman and his family were forced out of their home and had to move into an empty room in the factory that had been confiscated from his father.
/ Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Stefan (Teofil) Kosinski’s testimony is the only English-language testimony we have in the Visual History Archive from a homosexual survivor, which is also remarkable for the fact that Stefan is not a native English speaker.
GAM, gay, homosexuality, holocaust, homosexual, paragraph 175, gay rights, Gay Pride Month, gay pride, op-eds / Monday, May 18, 2015
Bertram Schaffner’s story is a unique one because of the multiple roles he played as a gay German American during the period that saw the rise of Nazi Germany and the outbreak of World War II.
gay, homosexual, paragraph 175, gay rights, gay pride, Bertram Schaffner, op-eds / Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Ruth Pearl was six years old during the Farhud, a Nazi-inspired pogrom in Baghdad in June, 1941. She recalls her family's scramble to safety.
/ Tuesday, May 31, 2022
Elizabeth Spitz's father was a member of the Jewish Council in Satu Mare. On Shavuot 1944, he undertook an operation to provide challah to all the residents.
/ Tuesday, May 31, 2022
Steve Acre was 9 years old during the Farhud, a Nazi-inspired pogrom in Baghdad in June, 1941. He recalls the Muslim neighbor who protected his family.
/ Tuesday, May 31, 2022
Hundreds of survivors of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide against the Tutsi congregated in Salt Lake City over the weekend for the largest-ever international gathering of survivors. Organizers say the event, hosted by IBUKA-USA and supported by a number of organizations including USC Shoah Foundation, was a safe space for survivors to discuss issues including bringing genocide perpetrators to justice, preserving the memory of victims, and fighting against revisionism.
rwanda / Tuesday, May 31, 2022
In commemoration of Pride Month, the Institute recognizes the LGBTQ+ people persecuted under the Nazis from as early as 1933 to the end of the war in 1945, some of whose stories are in the Institute’s Visual History Archive.They are stories of survival, resistance, rescue, and heartbreaking loss. Some of the witnesses were targeted by the Nazis for being gay under the German penal code, Paragraph 175. Other witnesses recall their encounters with gay men and women who provided rescue and aid at great risk to their own lives.
/ Monday, June 1, 2020
Longtime USC Shoah Foundation Executive Committee and Board of Councilors member Mickey Shapiro has provided a major endowed gift to create an inaugural academic chair at the Institute that will be dedicated to deepening the study of the impact of Holocaust education.
research / Monday, November 29, 2021
USC Shoah Foundation is pleased to welcome its postdoctoral research fellow, Dr. Justin Elliot, who will be in residence at the Institute for a couple of years. In addition to his residency at the Institute, Dr. Elliot is affiliated with USC Dornsife Department of History. Dr.
research / Thursday, October 14, 2021
Annabel Carballo-Mesa is a PhD candidate at the University of Barcelona. Since January 17 she has been in Los Angeles conducting research with Visual History Archive (VHA) testimonies for a dissertation provisionally entitled “Na Bister! (Don’t Forget!) An Oral History of the Roma and Sinti Genocide”.
roma-sinti, Roma Sinti, research / Thursday, January 27, 2022
Sara R. Horowitz, Professor of Comparative Literature and Jewish Studies at York University and an esteemed scholar of the Holocaust, has been named the 2020-2021 Sara and Asa Shapiro Scholar in Residence at the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research. She will deliver a public lecture and spend over a week in residence at the Center in March 2022.
cagr, research / Thursday, March 18, 2021
A new national survey administered by Lucid Collaborative LLC and YouGov shows that Holocaust education in high school reflects gains not only in historical knowledge but also manifests in cultivating more empathetic, tolerant, and engaged students.
echoes and reflections, education, research / Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Aria Razfar, a fellow in residence this summer at USC Shoah Foundation’s Center for Advanced Genocide Research, sees parallels between the status of Yiddish in pre-war Germany and the status of Black English in the U.S. public school system.
fellow, Aria Razfar, linguist, Yiddish, discrimination, African Americans, research, Ebonics, Black English / Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Institution subscribing to the Visual History Archive: University of Wisconsin-Madison Memorial Library 728 State St. Madison, WI 53706 Tel: (608) 262-3243 Email: Website:
/ Thursday, June 2, 2022
Nicholas Bredie is the 2021 Beth and Arthur Lev Student Research Fellow at the USC Dornsife Center for Advanced Genocide Research and a PhD candidate in the Department of Literature and Creative Writing at USC. He is the author of Not Constantinople (Dzanc Books), a novel based on his three years living in Istanbul, Turkey. The book was named one of the best of 2017 by The Morning News and received praise from Viet Thanh Nguyen, T. C. Boyle, Paul La Farge, and Aimee Bender.
/ Friday, June 3, 2022
As a novelist, I am fascinated by decisions. Choice, real or imagined, is what separates tragedy from mythology. Decisions, always made with incomplete understanding, shape the arc of lives and narrative.
cagr, op-eds / Tuesday, May 31, 2022
USC Shoah Foundation has partnered with a group of scholars from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem to provide them with 1,000 transcripts from the Visual History Archive for a study that will analyze Holocaust survivor testimonies.
research / Monday, June 6, 2022
/ Wednesday, June 1, 2022
This video focuses on the theme of diplomats and rescue and relates some of the best-known cases of aid provided by consulates and embassies including the efforts of Aristides de Sousa Mendes, Raoul Wallenberg, and Chiune Sugihara. Diplomats in countries throughout Europe helped Jews escape persecution by issuing visas and other travel paperwork that allowed Jews to flee Nazi-occupied territory. Featured in the video are the testimonies of Israel Kipen, Per Anger, and Henri Deutsch who recount their personal experiences of rescue during the Holocaust.
unesco, rescue, wallenberg, sugihara, holocaust, clip reel, clip / Friday, February 1, 2013
Cette vidéo évoque les diplomates et le sauvetage, et raconte quelques-uns des cas les plus connus de l'aide fournie par les consulats et les ambassades, telles que les actions d’Aristides de Sousa Mendes, de Raoul Wallenberg et de Chiune Sugihara. Les diplomates de différents pays européens aidèrent les Juifs à fuir la persécution par la fourniture de visas et autres documents de circulation qui leur permirent de fuir les territoires occupés par les nazis.
unesco, rescue, wallenberg, sugihara, holocaust, clip reel, clip / Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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/ Wednesday, March 24, 2021
USC Shoah Foundation–the Institute for Visual History and Education (USC Shoah Foundation) on Wednesday welcomed Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff to the Institute’s global headquarters on the campus of the University of Southern California.  
/ Friday, June 10, 2022
June 8, 2022, Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff visited USC Shoah Foundation and learned about our Dimension in Testimony program. While there, he got the opportunity to engage with Pinchas Gutter’s interactive biography as well as talk to the real Pinchas via Zoom. Elex Michaelson of KTTV Fox News 11 interviewed the Second Gentleman during his visit. Read more about Doug Emhoff's visit.
/ Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Helena Horowitz describes her struggle to hide the fact that she was Jewish as a young girl. This clip is part of the new IWitness activity Narratives of Identity: In the Open or In the Shadows?
clip / Thursday, April 21, 2016
The Memory Generation is a new podcast by USC Shoah Foundation's Storyteller-in-Residence Rachael Cerrotti. In this series, Rachael hosts conversations about the inheritance of memory and intergenerational storytelling. The first season is now streaming. 
/ Thursday, April 29, 2021