Dimensions in Testimony in IWitness Pilot in South Africa Draws Praise from Students, Educators—and Interview Subject Pinchas Gutter

Wed, 02/16/2022 - 2:15pm
Making DiT accessible at no-cost to educators and students through IWitness provides students anywhere in the world with the opportunity to have a conversational experience with survivors of the Holocaust and other witnesses to history. And at the Holocaust & Genocide Centres in Johannesburg and Durban, that’s exactly what students did, with a total of 400 learners interfacing with an interactive recorded video of Pinchas, a Jewish survivor of six Nazi concentration camps.

60 Minutes segment featuring Dimensions in Testimony wins award

Mon, 06/21/2021 - 12:21pm

The Institute congratulates Lesley Stahl and her 60 Minutes team for winning a 2021 Gracie Award for their segment “Talking to the Past,” which focused on Dimensions in Testimony and featured live as well as virtual interviews with Holocaust survivors, including Pinchas Gutter, Eva Kor, Aaron Elster and Max Eisen.


USC Shoah Foundation Launches Web-Based Interactive Biography of Holocaust Survivor and Educator Pinchas Gutter on IWitness

Mon, 04/26/2021 - 2:54pm
‘Dimensions in Testimony Education’ is the first version of the groundbreaking technology available for instruction in classrooms around the world. Teachers and students can ask questions that prompt real-time response from a pre-recorded video of Pinchas—engaging in virtual conversation and redefining inquiry-based education.

The Last Goodbye: Now Available on Oculus Rift!

Tue, 12/08/2020 - 2:21pm

The Last Goodbye virtual reality experience is now available on Oculus Rift.

Four years ago, Pinchas Gutter traveled back to the Majdanek concentration camp in Poland, where he had been imprisoned as a child during the Holocaust. In this emotional journey, Pinchas shares his firsthand testimony of what he saw and experienced there and invites you into the spaces and memories with him.


USC Shoah Foundation Offers Dimensions in Testimony to Online Students and Educators in IWitness

Wed, 11/11/2020 - 1:33pm

USC Shoah Foundation has launched a path-breaking online teaching tool to enable students and educators to ask questions that prompt real-time recorded responses from Holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter.

The tool will be available at no cost through a new activity in the Institute’s flagship educational website, IWitness.


Pinchas Gutter Playlist

Clips from Pinchas Gutter's Testimony

Pinchas Gutter's Message to Youth

In his interactive biography taken in 2014, Pinchas asks today’s youth to be accepting and tolerant of one another.

  • Pinchas Gutter's Message to Youth

    Language: English

    In his interactive biography taken in 2014, Pinchas asks today’s youth to be accepting and tolerant of one another.

  • Pinchas Gutter on Fleeing to Warsaw

    Language: English

    Holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter describes how he, his mother and sister took the train to Warsaw posing as Christians - which meant that Pinchas's long payos, or sidelocks, needed to be cut. Pinchas describes the experience first in his testimony for the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre in 1993, and then in his testimony for USC Shoah Foundation in 1995.

  • Pinchas Gutter recalls his liberation from Theresienstadt Ghetto

    Language: English

    Pinchas Gutter recalls his arrival at the Theresienstadt Ghetto in Czechoslovakia two weeks prior to his liberation by the Soviet armed forces in 1945. He relates he refused to participate in the mistreatment of the German ghetto guards by Soviet soldiers during the liberation of the ghetto. He remembers the sadness he felt over the mistreatment of anyone even of perpetrators.

USC Shoah Foundation and Liberation75 partner with Mike Myers on “Stories are Stronger than Hate: A Call to Action” Student Program

Mon, 06/29/2020 - 7:00am

Liberation75 and USC Shoah Foundation partnered on a virtual student program, “Stories are Stronger than Hate: A Call to Action,” hosted by actor/director Mike Myers, with special guest Akim Aliu, Co-founder of Hockey Diversity Alliance, on Monday June 22.

Through the personal narrative of Holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter and other stories, participants explored how stories create the possibility to learn about ourselves, about others and about how we can affect the change we want to see in our communities right now.


USC Shoah Foundation plays major role at U.N. commemoration of genocide laws

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 11:25am
USC Shoah Foundation Finci-Viterbi Executive Director Stephen Smith delivered remarks Friday at a special event at the United Nations marking the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the international law that defined genocide and held perpetrators accountable. The observance also featured a demonstration of the Institute’s Dimensions in Testimony interactive biographies that enable people to ask questions and instantly receive pre-recorded responses from Holocaust survivors.

A Final Farewell

For Pinchas Gutter, visiting his homeland is a haunting reminder of the family he lost and the life he might have lived. He returns one last time to say goodbye and capture his personal saga in virtual reality for future generations.

Audiences Captivated by USC Shoah Foundation Virtual Reality Projects

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 5:00pm
Over the past few years, USC Shoah Foundation has embarked upon two interactive media projects which have already emerged as groundbreaking endeavors in the field – the “New Dimensions in Testimony” project, and this year’s The Last Goodbye immersive virtual reality experience that has made waves at the Tribeca Film Festival’s Virtual Arcade.