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A testimony being processed for digital preservation. Photo by Kim Fox.

USC Shoah Foundation Institute Completes Preservation of Holocaust Testimonies

June 29, 2012

The USC Shoah Foundation Institute has completed a multiyear, multimillion-dollar project to digitally preserve the video interviews in its visual history archive. The archive contains testimony from nearly 52,000 Holocaust…

The interviews of nearly 52,000 Holocaust survivors and other witnesses will be available at the Israeli university located on historic Mount Carmel.

Israel to Benefit from USC Shoah Foundation Institute Archives

June 26, 2012

The University of Haifa has become the first university in Israel with access to the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education’s archive, a searchable repository of nearly 52,000 video interviews…

A high school student watches Holocaust survivor Roman Kent's testimony about his experience in Poland during World War II on IWitness. The educational resource provides educators and students with more than 1,000 video testimonies of eyewitnesses of the Holocaust to be used in classroom lessons. Photo by Melissa Jacobs.

USC Shoah Foundation Institute Launches IWitness

January 30, 2012

More than 350 New York high school students had watched parts of Holocaust survivor Roman Kent’s video testimony about living in Lodz, Poland, when the Germans invaded during World War II. The young Roman, his parents,…

Oskar Schindler (second from right) puts a face on good human conduct, a theme explored in Glenn Fox's research on gratitude. The research of USC Dornsife's Fox has earned him an award from the Oskar Schindler Humanities Foundation. Schinder, who outwitted Hitler and the Nazis to save more Jews from the gas chambers than any other during World War II, is pictured here in Munich, Germany in 1946 with some of the people he rescued. Copyright © United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C./Leopold Page Photographic Collection.

From the Bottom of My Heart

January 20, 2012

Put yourself in the position of a Jew during World War II who escapes to France penniless and is forced to beg on the streets. A passerby gives you roasted peanuts — your first morsel of food in several days. You are…

Students can search and watch testimonies from the Shoah Foundation Institute's Visual History Archive from any networked computer on the USC campus. Photo credit by Mark Berndt

Survivors' Voices in the Classroom

September 30, 2011

The USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education awarded stipends to three professors in USC Dornsife to support integrating video testimony from Holocaust survivors and other witnesses into their courses…

Michelle Clark, of High Tech North County in San Marcos, Calif., listens to a survivor's testimony during the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education third annual Teaching with Testimony. Photo by Kim Fox Photography.

Teaching with Testimony

July 26, 2011

The USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education recently hosted its third annual Teaching with Testimony workshop for nationwide educators to learn how to best implement the institute’s archive into…

Holocaust survivor Renée Firestone in the film <em>The Last Days</em>. The USC Shoah Foundation Institute has partnered with Comcast to release this documentary film and nine others in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day. Photo by Geoffrey Clifford.

Remembering Their Stories

April 18, 2011

Watching a visual testimony from a Holocaust survivor is a deeply moving, powerful and unforgettable experience. The USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education, based in USC Dornsife, maintains a historic…

Ari Zev (second from left), administration director for the USC Shoah Foundation Institute (SFI), based in USC College, stands with some of his interns: USC College undergraduates Caitlin Chang (left) and Sean Yetter, and Deborah Herman, who is earning her master's degree in communication management. The background shows images of survivors who gave testimonies, and people using the SFI archives. Photo credit Allison Doyle.

History in the Making

August 31, 2010

Sitting on a park bench outside Leavey Library, USC College undergraduate Caitlin Chang confidently recites the mission statement of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education (SFI): To overcome…

Teachable Moments

USC Shoah Foundation Institute Trains Teachers at Intersection of Holocaust Education and Digital Literacy Studies

August 5, 2010

The Leichtag Family Foundation has made a major gift that will enable the USC Shoah Foundation Institute to expand its Teacher Innovation Network, a program initiated in 2009 to advance the use of Holocaust eyewitness…

In his recent speech at USC, renown historian on genocide Omer Bartov of Brown University argued for the use of testimonies in official historical accounts of the Holocaust. Photo credit Kim Fox.

Looking Back to Move Forward

April 6, 2010

Testimonies should be considered with equal validity to other forms of documentation when writing the history of the Holocaust, said Omer Bartov, a leading historian on genocide. Traditionally, historians have been wary of…