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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,…

While still children, both Erna and Andrew Viterbi fled Europe and came to the United States with their families before World War II due to growing anti-Semitism. Their $5 million gift to USC Shoah Foundation will boost efforts to share testimonies of Holocaust and genocide survivors around the world. Photo by Steve Cohn.

$15 Million Gift to USC Establishes Endowed Chairs and Fellowships

June 25, 2014

Trustee Andrew Viterbi, Ph.D. ’62, and his wife, Erna, have added to their rich legacy of philanthropy at USC with a generous $15 million gift to boost scholarship in engineering and genocide studies. The namesakes of…

President Barack Obama holds up his Ambassador for Humanity Award, presented to him by USC Trustee Steven Spielberg, founder of USC Shoah Foundation — the Institute for Visual History and Education. Photos by Getty Images.

‘Eternal Flame of Testimony’

May 8, 2014

In recognition of his efforts to protect human rights, his commitment to education and his work advancing opportunities for all people, President Barack Obama was presented May 7 with the Ambassador for Humanity Award by…

Douglas Greenberg delivers a lecture, "Memories of the Forgotten Holocaust," at the USC Ronald Tudor Campus Center on March 24. Photo by Erica Christianson.

The Forgotten Holocaust

April 3, 2014

During a recent lecture, Douglas Greenberg showed a slide of Anne Frank writing at her desk. Another slide showed the entrance to Poland’s Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. A third showed the Warsaw ghetto. “This is…

At the Ambassadors for Humanity gala, from left, USC Provost Elizabeth Garrett, USC Shoah Foundation Founder and USC Trustee Steven Spielberg, USC President C. L. Max Nikias, Niki C. Nikias, USC Shoah Foundation Ambassador for Humanity Award recipient George Clooney, USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay, and his wife, Shelley Halpain. Photos by Larry Busacca, Getty Images.

USC Shoah Foundation’s Humanity Award Goes to George Clooney

October 4, 2013

George Clooney is well known as an actor, director, producer and writer. But it was his global humanitarian efforts that received the attention on Oct. 3 when he was honored with the Ambassador for Humanity Award by Steven…

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…

A holograph of Holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter answers questions from USC students. Photo courtesy of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

Ageless Survivor

August 15, 2013

Holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter wants to make sure that testimony from himself and others will help prevent future crimes against humanity by making the world aware of evil and the need to combat it. That’s why he…

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…