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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 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…

From left, Stephen Smith, Arnold Spielberg, Steven Spielberg and USC president C. L. Max Nikias celebrate the presentation of the Shoah Foundation Institute’s inaugural Inspiration Award. Photo by Jonathan Leibson/FilmMagic/Getty Images.

USC Shoah Foundation Institute Presents Inspiration Award

April 27, 2012

Arnold Spielberg, father of USC Shoah Foundation Institute founder Steven Spielberg, was honored on April 26 with the institute’s inaugural Inspiration Award at a private luncheon in Los Angeles. Arnold Spielberg was…

Perfect Vision

Perfect Vision

April 22, 2012

At the Cold War’s dusk, history graduate Wolf Gruner swung a hammer at the Berlin Wall. For years, the East Berliner had been involved in a cultural underground movement against the communist regime. Now Gruner’s…

Rose Mapendo, a Tutsi Congolese widow and mother who survived life in a death camp in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, shared her personal story of survival during  the roundtable discussion, “Strength Through Adversity: Women and Mass Violence,” held by the USC Shoah Foundation Institute housed in USC Dornsife, and The Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme on International Women’s Day. Photo by Kim Fox.

Strength Through Adversity

March 28, 2012

USC students, faculty and the public listened to Rose Mapendo’s harrowing story of living in a death camp with her children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Although Mapendo’s husband was executed in the…

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…

British Academy award winning director Michael Apted (right) discusses using real-life stories in documentaries with Micahel Renov, professor of critical studies and associate dean for academic affairs in the USC School of Cinematic Arts, during the USC Shoah Foundation Institute's Student Voices Master Class. Photo by Kim Fox.

A Director to Look 'Up' To

October 14, 2011

For the past 47 years, director Michael Apted has navigated the rough waters of documenting real voices. Unlike actors in feature films, the people in Apted’s Up series don’t rely on scripts or take direction from…

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…