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Steven Spielberg presented Presidential Medal of Freedom

November 30, 2015

Recognizing his profound impact as a filmmaker and important work as founder of USC Shoah Foundation — The Institute for Visual History and Education, Steven Spielberg was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom…

From left, USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay, USC President C. L. Max Nikias, Niki C. Nikias, event co-chair Mickey Shapiro, Steven Spielberg, William Clay Ford Jr., Heather Maio, and USC Shoah Foundation Executive Director Stephen Smith attended the 2015 Ambassadors for Humanity fundraising gala, where Ford was honored for his commitment to education and the Detroit community. Photos by Scott Legato/Getty Images for USC Shoah Foundation.

Automaker Honored

September 22, 2015

He’s a businessman, environmentalist, philanthropist and scion of one of America’s most prominent families. But it was Ford Motor Company Executive Director William Clay Ford Jr.’s commitment to education and…

Survivors at the event stand with an enlargement of the iconic photograph taken of them on Jan. 27, 1945. From left are Paula Lebovics, Miriam Ziegler, Gabor Hirsch and Eva Kor. Photo courtesy of Ian Gavan/Getty Images.

100 Survivors Gather

January 27, 2015

Reporting from Krakow, Poland The sense of history in the making was palpable Jan. 26 in Krakow, Poland, where more than 20 staff members of USC Shoah Foundation — The Institute for Visual History and Education attended…

Auschwitz survivor Paula Lebovics (center) spends time with students from USC Shoah Foundation’s Junior Intern program as they tour Warsaw, Poland, on Jan. 24. Photos by Josh Grossberg.

Firsthand Lessons of Auschwitz

January 27, 2015

Reporting from Warsaw and Krakow, Poland As the number of Holocaust survivors dwindles, it falls to future generations to ensure their stories remain vibrant and strong. With that in mind, USC Shoah Foundation – The…

The conference’s first day of panel and roundtable discussions on Nov. 16 concludes in the evening with a rare screening of <em>Schindler’s List</em> at the USC Norris Cinema Theatre. Photo by David James, Universal Pictures.

Trajectories of Schindler’s List

November 14, 2014

A survivor of the Holocaust who was saved by Oskar Schindler. A child survivor of the 1994 Rwandan Tutsi Genocide. The creator of an award-winning documentary about the Armenian Genocide.  A member of the Brussels…

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…

Holocaust survivor Mira Becker and USC Trustee Steven Spielberg during an April 25 press conference at USC announcing the Center for Advanced Genocide Research. Photo by Gus Ruelas.

Center for Advanced Genocide Research Announced

April 25, 2014

Seeking to build on USC Shoah Foundation’s 20 years of success in gathering testimonies of Holocaust and genocide survivors, the University of Southern California has established the Center for Advanced Genocide Research…

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…

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…