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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…

The USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education welcomes two new leaders: Dr. Stephen Smith, executive director, and Kim Simon, managing director. Smith photo courtesy Stephen Smith, Simon photo credit Kim Fox.

New Leadership for Shoah Foundation Institute

June 8, 2009

In a memo released this morning to the USC community, Howard Gillman, dean of USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, announced that he has appointed a new leadership team for the USC Shoah Foundation Institute (USC SFI)…

USC student Darian Lopez watches a video testimony on the Shoah Foundation Institute's Web site. Photo credit Mark Berndt.

In Perpetuity

April 20, 2009

While he was in Europe filming Schindler's List, Steven Spielberg said he spoke with many Holocaust survivors. "It was one of the first moments that made me realize that there were many stories that needed to be told. I…

Holocaust survivors Zlata and Haim Mednik silently eat dinner inside their Ukrainian home.

Shedding Light on History's Darkest Hours

February 25, 2009

Inside a Ukrainian home, a large clock hangs on a wall. The floral wallpaper is peeling and white lace curtains adorn a window. Zlata and Haim Mednik sweep the curtains aside to watch the snow fall while eating their bowls of…

Sergey Bukovsky, director of "Spell Your Name"

Spell Your Name

February 17, 2009

The Los Angeles premiere of "Spell Your Name," a feature-length documentary film about the Holocaust in Ukraine produced by Steven Spielberg and Victor Pinchuk, will take place Sunday, Feb. 22, at USC’s Ellen Norris…

Host Billy Crystal; honoree Kirk Douglas; Steven Spielberg, founder of the Shoah Foundation, honorary chair of the Shoah Foundation Institute and USC trustee; Wallis Annenberg, USC trustee; and USC President Steven Sample attend the institute’s 2008 annual Ambassadors for Humanity Gala held at the California Science Center. Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic.com.

Kirk Douglas: 91 and Still Giving

October 1, 2008

Steven Spielberg, Billy Crystal and Bette Midler took center stage in honoring Kirk Douglas with the Shoah Foundation Institute’s Ambassador for Humanity Award on Oct. 22. Throughout the evening, hosted by quick-witted…

USC Shoah Foundation Institute Launches Search for New Executive Director

USC Shoah Foundation Institute Launches Search for New Executive Director

August 1, 2008

USC College's Shoah Foundation Institute, established by Steven Spielberg in 1994 to gather video testimonies from survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust, has begun an international search for an executive director to…

Telling an Unfinished Story

Telling an Unfinished Story

April 1, 2008

Before dying of typhus in the Dutch concentration camp Bergen-Belsen, Anne Frank wrote in her world famous diary, “… in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.” If Frank…