USC Shoah Foundation Partners with the Srebrenica Memorial Center, Adds Srebrenica Survivor Testimonies to Visual History Archive

Thu, 02/10/2022 - 12:05pm

A pilot collection of 20 testimonies of survivors and witnesses of the 1995 genocide that took place in Srebrenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina has been added to USC Shoah Foundation’s 55,000-strong Visual History Archive (VHA) thanks to a new collaboration with the Srebrenica Memorial Center


New Testimonies Spanning More than a Century Added to Visual History Archive

Mon, 05/17/2021 - 1:26pm
USC Shoah Foundation has added 132 testimonies to its Visual History Archive. These firsthand accounts of mass atrocities spanning more than 100 years are now available to researchers, educators, family members, and the public.

Testimonies from 1937 Nanjing Massacre in China fully indexed and subtitled

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 10:52am

In China, the number of people still alive who survived the 1937 Nanjing Massacre at the hands of Japanese invaders has fallen to minuscule levels – some experts put the number around 80.

USC Shoah Foundation’s collection of about 100 testimonies of survivors from this rampage that killed some 300,000 civilians and unarmed soldiers includes the vast majority of them.

This fall, the Institute reached a milestone: The entire collection of Nanjing testimonies has been indexed and subtitled in English.


Panel: Women in media who have worked in dangerous conflict zones share stories

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 10:53am

An ISIS commander. Victims of the Cambodian and Bosnian genocides. Inmates at Guantanamo Bay.

They are among the many subjects portrayed in the work of three women who spoke this week about their experiences as journalists and filmmakers working in conflict zones and with traumatized individuals on a USC Visions & Voices panel jointly organized by USC Shoah Foundation and the USC Fisher Museum of Art. 


USC Shoah Foundation expands its collection of Guatemalan Genocide testimonies

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 8:58am

Their loved ones – including women and children – were slaughtered by the military and tossed into mass graves.

For more than 30 years, survivors of the Guatemalan Genocide against the indigenous population assumed nobody cared about their stories.

After all, nobody had ever bothered to ask.


USC Shoah Foundation redoubles efforts to collect testimonies of Holocaust survivors before it is too late

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 9:35am

Miriam Katin survived the Holocaust as a toddler because her quick-thinking mother faked their deaths in Budapest at a historically perilous time for Jews in Hungary. Now 77, Katin has a thriving career as a graphic artist whose humor cartoons have appeared in The New Yorker.

Her remarkable oral history would have been lost to time without the initiative by USC Shoah Foundation to document the stories of Holocaust survivors before it is too late.


The making of a comprehensive Armenian Genocide oral history project

Thu, 03/07/2019 - 12:01pm
Roughly 1,000 audio-only interviews recorded by students of UCLA history Professor Richard Hovannisian were entrusted to USC Shoah Foundation. This week, Hovannisian and three of his former students gave a talk about how they amassed such a large repository of memory at so crucial a time, “when denialism was huge.”

Rohingya testimonies added to Visual History Archive

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 11:39am
The integration of the new collection means the Archive now represents nine genocidal events. USC Shoah Foundation last month added 11 Rohingya video interviews—as well as 77 testimonies from other collections—to its ever-expanding Archive.

USC Shoah Foundation Adds Large Collection of Armenian Genocide Testimony to its Archive

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 4:54pm
Richard Hovannisian with USC Shoah Foundation colleague Karen Jungblut
Richard Hovannisian with USC Shoah Foundation colleague Karen Jungblut
The more than 1,000 interviews will constitute the largest non-Holocaust-related collection to be integrated into the Institute’s Visual History Archive. It will also be the Archive’s first audio-only collection.