/ Monday, September 26, 2022
USC Shoah Foundation is dedicated to making audio-visual interviews with witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides a compelling voice for education and action. The Institute currently has over 55,000 testimonies recorded in 43 languages in 65 countries that allow us to see the faces and hear the voices of those who witnessed history, allowing them to teach, to memorialize, and to inspire.
/ Sunday, March 24, 2019
Agnes Kun worked in the hospital at Auschwitz II-Birkenau as an assistant nurse. She recalls Josef Mengele, particularly his presence at the hospital.
auschwitz, female, jewish survivor, 70th Anniversary / Friday, March 14, 2014
Ágnes describes ghettoization procedures in Budapest in 1944 and explains how she was able to stay with her mother during a selection conducted by Hungary’s Arrow Cross party members.
subtitled, jewish survivor, clip, ghetto, female / Friday, May 24, 2013
Agnes Kun worked in the hospital at Auschwitz II-Birkenau as an assistant nurse. She recalls Josef Mengele, particularly his presence at the hospital.This is the 14th testimony clip in the series 70 Days of Testimony: Leading up to the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz.
clip, auschwitz, female, jewish survivor, 70th Anniversary, Auschwitz70 / Monday, November 24, 2014
Famous jazz trumpeter and violinist Louis Bannet talks about his experience auditioning for the Auschwitz camp orchestra and how his talent saved his life. April 30 is International Jazz Day.
clip / Friday, April 29, 2016
Louis Bannet describes being selected for the camp orchestra in which he performed as the conductor in Auschwitz. This is the 48th testimony clip in the series 70 Days of Testimony: Leading up to the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz. 
clip, music, jewish survivor, louis bannett, auschwitz, Auschwitz70 / Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Benjamin Jacobs discusses how his forced labor assignment was to serve as a dentist in Auschwitz.
clip, male, jewish survivor, dentist, auschwitz, Benjamin Jacobs, Auschwitz70 / Wednesday, December 24, 2014
boc 2017 clips, homepage / Friday, October 20, 2017
On the night of Sidney Bratt’s interview his family was celebrating Hanukkah. He recites the Hanukkah candles blessings from the Jewish prayer book (Siddur) which once belonged to his mother, and is surrounded by his wife and grandchildren while doing so.
clip, male, jewish surivor, sidney bratt, hanukkah / Tuesday, November 30, 2021
In this April 21, 2021, lecture, Alan Rosen considers the special manner of witness found in Holocaust-era calendars composed in ghettos, in camps, and in hiding. The event was organized by USC Shoah Foundation and cosponsored by the USC Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life.
discussion, lecture, cagr, presentation / Wednesday, May 26, 2021
In this event, the Center's two student research fellows will discuss the testimony-based research they conducted during Summer 2020. Exploring testimonies from the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive's Nanjing Massacre collection, Lucy Sun (USC undergraduate student, History major, Psychology and Law minor) researched the resistance of women during the Nanjing Massacre.
cagr, discussion, presentation, lecture / Thursday, April 15, 2021
In this lecture from April 6, 2021, Florian Zabransky focuses on two sites of genocidal violence: namely ghettos created by the Germans in occupied Poland and the Soviet Union, and partisan warfare. In his research, Florian Zabransky seeks to excavate the particular intimate experience of male Jews and addresses the following questions: How is intimacy narrated in the oral history interviews? How were relationships negotiated in the ghettos and among the partisans? Which social dynamics, traditional gender roles, hierarchies and power relations become evident?
discussion, presentation, lecture, cagr / Tuesday, April 13, 2021
After the UNESCO event “From Hate Speech to Genocide: Lessons from the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda,”  USC Shoah Foundation’s Kori Street continues the conversation with Freddy Mutanguha, Survivor and Executive Director of the Aegis Trust and Tali Nates, Director of the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre.
discussion, lecture, presentation / Wednesday, April 7, 2021
In this talk, Lauren Cantillon explores the tensions and textures of emotions present in Jewish women’s personal memory narratives of sexual(ized) violence during the Holocaust. Drawing on interviews from the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive, she highlights some of the numerous Jewish women who shared their stories within the context of a Holocaust testimony interview.
discussion, presentation, lecture / Wednesday, March 31, 2021
A special event commemorating Human Rights Day: December 7, 2020 Presented by HGHS ENOUGH & Town of New Castle Holocaust & Human Rights Committee and featuring a keynote address from USC Shoah Foundation Executive Director Dr. Stephen Smith.
/ Thursday, December 10, 2020
On May 7, 2020, in conjunction with a virtual screening of Liberation Heroes: The Last Eyewitnesses in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Camps, USC Shoah Foundation hosted a conversation with WWII Liberator Alan Moskin and Holocaust survivor Dr. Edith Eger.
presentation, liberation / Tuesday, May 12, 2020
A short documentary produced by USC Shoah Foundation and directed by Oscar-winning James Moll for use at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum
/ Wednesday, January 29, 2020
In this documentary which aired around the world via Discovery Communications and subsequently on Comcast and Showtime, Holocaust survivor Kitty Hart-Moxon revisits Auschwitz 70 years after her liberation. At 89, she shares her eyewitness experience and daily struggle for survival with two students the same age as she was during her internment.
/ Wednesday, January 29, 2020
March 1, 2022, Russian forces damaged buildings at the Babi Yar Memorial in Kyiv, Ukraine, dedicated to the memory of 100,000 Ukrainians murdered at the site during Nazi occupation. Among them were nearly 34,000 Jewish men, women, and children, killed over the course of two days on the eve of Yom Kippur in 1941. In this clip, Lyudmila Tkach recalls surviving the Babi Yar massacre.
homepage / Tuesday, March 1, 2022
October 22-26, 2022 at the University of Southern California, University Park Campus Vineyard Room (USC Davidson Conference Center, Lower Level) 3409 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90007 Registration required
/ Thursday, June 30, 2022
The USC Dornsife Center for Advanced Genocide Research invites research proposals from USC undergraduate students and USC graduate students for the 2023 Beth and Arthur Lev Student Research Fellowship. The fellowship provides $1,500 support for USC undergraduate students or $3,000 support for USC graduate students doing research focused on the testimonies of the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive and/or other related USC resources and collections for one month during the summer of 2023. The fellowship is open to USC undergraduate students and graduate students of all disciplines.
cagr / Thursday, September 1, 2022
In recognition of its pioneering work advancing Holocaust and Genocide Studies since its inception in 2014, the USC Dornsife Center for Advanced Genocide Research has been awarded the honor of hosting the next biennial meeting of the International Network of Genocide Scholars (INoGS). The INoGS 9th International Conference on Genocide will take place in June 2024 at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles and coincide with the Center’s 10-year anniversary celebration.
cagr / Monday, August 8, 2022
In this clip from her 2019 interview with Dr. Stephen Smith, Ivy Schamis, an educator at Parkland High School, stresses the value of Holocaust education. More on Ivy Schamis Listen to Ivy reflect on the importance of reaching out after an act of violence. Explore our IWitness activity, Bonding Through Adversity.
homepage / Friday, February 11, 2022

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