Jessica joined USC Shoah Foundation as Community Program Administrator in 2022. Prior, she worked for Liberation75, and developed Canadian activities for iWitness in 2018. Jessica earned her Master of Education from the University of Toronto.
/ Tuesday, May 17, 2022
Jayne joined USC Shoah Foundation in 2012, and is based in New York and Philadelphia. Currently the Director of Community Engagement & Outreach Programming, Jayne served as Managing Director of Advancement from 2012-2022. Prior to joining USC, Jayne was President of The ARJAY Group and spent over 25 years as a special event, fundraising and volunteer management consultant. She is a graduate of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
/ Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat helped thousands of Jews flee to Japan by issuing them Japanese transit visas. Abraham Brumberg and his family were saved because of Sugihara’s brave efforts. Brumberg remembers the journey from Europe to Japan and recalls his first impression of the islands of Japan. 
clip, male, jewish survivor, japan, Abraham Brumberg, Chiune Sugihara / Monday, December 23, 2013
Herbert Zipper, a Vienna-born conductor and composer, was imprisoned in Dachau in 1938 and 1939. He describes how prisoners found humanity in poetry and music.
/ Monday, May 23, 2022
Alexa Dollar flings open her arms and spins across the stage, relishing the moment as if she’s just arrived at a party thrown in her honor. She kicks out her leg and flutters back across the floor, chasing the piano’s tantalizing lilt. Drew Lybolt comes next, taking over the stage with powerful leaps and commanding twirls set to an insistent, almost argumentative, piano vignette.
/ Monday, May 23, 2022
Herbert Zipper, a world-renowned conductor, composer and pioneer of the community arts movement in the United States, grew up in a Vienna of extremes: From his birth in 1904 until he fled in 1939, the Austrian capital transformed from the heights of science and culture to the depths of economic depression and the onslaught of violent antisemitism and Nazi rule.
/ Monday, May 23, 2022
Roman Kent acknowledges the contribution of the “Righteous Gentiles” who put their own lives on the line in order to save Jews during the Holocaust.  Kent’s testimony is featured in Testimony – The Legacy of Schindler’s List and the USC Shoah Foundation.
clip, male, jewish survivor, roman kent, testimony / Thursday, March 27, 2014
Three different video clips from Roman Kent's tesitmony including life before, during and after the Holocaust.
clip, male jewish survivor, roman kent / Thursday, October 1, 2015
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
USC Shoah Foundation’s interactive IWalk mobile app has been named a finalist in the Cool Tool Mobile App Solution category in the 2022 EdTech Awards, the world's largest recognition program for education technology.
/ Wednesday, May 25, 2022
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