Photos of Nazi mass deportations have never before been brought together, made available as a collection, and analyzed collectively in any systematic way. Nor has there been a concerted effort to search for more photos. The USC Dornsife Center for Advanced Genocide Research is part of a German government funded multi-institutional Holocaust research project, launched in November 2021, which aims to gather, analyze, and digitally publish pictures of Nazi mass deportations of Jews, Romani people and people with disabilities from the German Reich between 1938 and 1945. Knowing these pictures tell many stories – of the deportees, the perpetrators, and the spectators – this initiative invites the public's participation in helping us to discover and analyze previously unknown photographs that survive in museums, archives, private attics, basements, or dusty photo albums.
Professor Meyerowitz and the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research have partnered on a research project that takes a scientific approach to the impact of engaging with testimony. Directed by Professor Meyerowitz and Martha Stroud, the Center’s Associate Director and Senior Research Officer, the project is the first piece of original research by the Center, which to date has fostered other scholars’ research but has not yet pursued research of its own design.