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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…

UK Film Academy Recognizes Holocaust Education Resource

UK Film Academy Recognizes Holocaust Education Resource

November 1, 2007

Recollections: Eyewitnesses Remember the Holocaust, a groundbreaking DVD-ROM including Holocaust survivor and witness testimonies from the visual history archive of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute (SFI), won an award from…

USC Shoah Foundation Institute Announces New Web Site

USC Shoah Foundation Institute Announces New Web Site

November 1, 2007

This week the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, part of the USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, launched a new Web site at college.usc.edu/vhi. The institute’s visual history archive contains nearly 52,000…

USC Shoah Foundation Institute Looks To Broaden Mission

USC Shoah Foundation Institute Looks To Broaden Mission

May 1, 2007

The USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education is moving forward with its plan to expand beyond the Holocaust and document survivor memories from other acts of genocide and oppression. Calling the move an…