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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…

Monika Hertwig, daughter of Nazi Amon Goeth, stands near the villa at the Plaszow Concentration Camp, where her parents lived during WWII. Goeth was camp commandant and personally tortured and killed countless Jews. Hertwig and her meeting with Helen Jonas, who survived Goeth's wrath, is chronicled in the documentary, <em>Inheritance</em>. Photo credit Don Holtz.

Taking a Vow to be Heard

September 8, 2009

In James Moll's documentary Inheritance, the daughter of Nazi Amon Goeth and one of his victims return to Goeth's villa in Poland more than a half century after the sadistic camp commandant was hanged for war crimes. There,…

Preserving Memories of Genocide in Rwanda

Preserving Memories of Genocide in Rwanda

February 1, 2008

In a pathbreaking new partnership to record the testimonies of genocide survivors, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education is joining with IBUKA, the umbrella organization representing survivors…

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…