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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…

Problems without Passports: Rwanda

Courage After Genocide

July 17, 2013

On a quiet hilltop in southern Rwanda is a panorama of captivating beauty: rolling hills, pastures, open sky and on the horizon, small farms and pastoral villages. But the beauty is deceptive. This hilltop, the site of a…

The USC Shoah Foundation is incorporating testimonies into its Visual History Archive from Rwandan genocide survivors and will soon include testimonies from survivors of the Cambodian and Armenian genocides. This photo of a Rwandan child is displayed as part of a gallery of genocide victims in the Kigali Memorial Centre in Kigali, Rwanda. Photo by Jason Reed and courtesy of Reuters.

Understanding the Universal

January 18, 2013

Freddy Mutanguha was 18 years old when his parents and four sisters were macheted to death by Hutu soldiers during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. Mutanguha, a member of the Tutsi minority ethnic group, didn’t see the…

Johnny Strange

High Priorities

October 30, 2012

Johnny Strange’s life is anything but ordinary. At the tender age of 17, when most high school juniors are busy preparing for their SATs, Strange was embarking on a journey to climb the world’s highest…

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…

Michelle Clark, of High Tech North County in San Marcos, Calif., listens to a survivor's testimony during the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education third annual Teaching with Testimony. Photo by Kim Fox Photography.

Teaching with Testimony

July 26, 2011

The USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education recently hosted its third annual Teaching with Testimony workshop for nationwide educators to learn how to best implement the institute’s archive into…

Shackles and torture instruments sit on a rusty iron bed in the Toul Sleng S-21 prison in Cambodia. In some rooms, photographs of the victim found dead in a bed years earlier hang on walls.

Getting to the Roots of Evil

November 1, 2010

The weary oak carries the burden of a hideous past. Against its trunk, Khmer Rouge soldiers bashed the delicate skulls of infants and small children, tossing their lifeless bodies into open pits. As if weeping, a deep…

Rebecca Wertman, a sophomore in the School of International Relations in USC College, conducted interviews at the University of Waterloo in Canada this past summer for her research on the country's Responsibility to Protect (R2P) initiative. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Wertman.

For New Human Rights Direction, Try North

September 28, 2010

As the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, Rebecca Wertman feels a deep connection to the study of human rights policy. As a Canadian, she was proud to discover that a country famous for its hockey, snow and maple syrup…

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…

Seeking the Truth of the Khmer Rouge

Seeking the Truth of the Khmer Rouge

October 22, 2009

Born and raised in Prasat, a small village in Cambodia, Kosal Path was not yet one when the radical Communist Khmer Rouge came into power, igniting a genocide that would end in the massacre of nearly 2 million…