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The eternal flame of memory was used to launch Kwibuka20, the international commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide in which between 500,000 and a million ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed by extremist Hutus in 100 days. Photo courtesy of the USC Shoah Foundation.

Commemorating Genocide with Kwibuka20

July 7, 2014

Earlier this year, as Rwanda prepared to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the most painful period in its history, a single flame crisscrossed the central and east African sovereign state. The flame symbolized remembrance,…

A theologian by training, Stephen D. Smith, executive director of the USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History, has been named the UNESCO Chair on Genocide Education. Photo by Kim Fox.

Smith Named UNESCO Chair on Genocide Education

October 3, 2013

Stephen D. Smith, executive director of the USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education and adjunct professor of religion, has been named the inaugural holder of the UNESCO Chair on Genocide…

USC Trustee Steven Spielberg, who established the USC Shoah Foundation — The Institute for Visual History and Education in USC Dornsife nearly two decades ago, announces the IWitness Video Challenge at Chandler School in Pasadena, Calif. Kori Street, the institute's director of education, stands with Spielberg. Photo by Kim Fox.

Mending a Broken Spirit

March 8, 2013

With a scarcity of food in the ghetto, Stephen Howard was told his beloved dog had to go. “We no longer had food for the dog so my father said the dog had to be put to sleep,” Howard said solemnly on videotape,…

Visitors are invited to tour the USC Shoah Foundation Institute. This wall display maps out the institute's history preserving nearly 52,000 video testimonies of Holocaust survivors and other witnesses. Photo by Kim Fox.

A Look Behind the Visual History Archive

July 24, 2012

Cool air filtered through the videotape processing room of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, housed in USC Dornsife. A group of visitors studied the bulky tape decks that lined the walls as a steady mechanical hum whirred…

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.

IWITNESS Wins National Honor

June 29, 2012

IWitness, an Internet resource developed by the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, has been recognized by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) as one of the 2012 Top Web sites for Teaching and Learning. IWitness…

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,…