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    PastForward autumn 2007

    PastForwardWinter 2010

    T H E N E W S L E T T E R O F T H E U S C S H O A H F O U N D AT I O N I N S T I T U T E



    Teacher Innovation Network: Empowering

    Educators to Change the World

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    Special Coverage

    8 Steven Spielberg Honoredwith Liberty Medal forHumanitarian Work


    9 New Visual History ArchiveSearch Interface

    9 Preserving the Testimonies


    1o Donor Highlight: Vera and Paul Guerin

    1o ACE Charitable Foundation to Support Local RwandanTestimony Project

    1o Making a Difference: Harvey Chaplin

    11 Extraordinary Leadership:Bruce Ramer

    11 How You Can Make a Difference

    12 Partners in History and the Future

    On the Cover: Renée Firestone (right), a survivor of the Holocaust, speaks with educators at the Teaching withTestimony workshop in August. Formore about the workshop and theInstitute’s Teacher Innovation Network,turn to page six. (Photo by Kim Fox)

    Board of Councilors

    Steven SpielbergHonorary Chair

    Edgar M. BronfmanHonorary Co-chair

    Renée Crown Honorary Co-chair

    Lew WassermanHonorary Co-chair in Memoriam

    Wallis AnnenbergRussel BernardGerald BreslauerJerome CobenStephen CozenSusan CrownDavid EismanPhyllis EpsteinEmanuel GerardEric GreenbergMarc GrossmanYossie HollanderRobert KatzWilliam LauderLee LibermanSkip PaulBruce RamerHarry RobinsonMichael RutmanMickey ShapiroErna ViterbiCasey Wasserman

    Founding Executive Directors

    June BeallorJames Moll

    Founding Advisory Committee

    Karen KushellBranko LustigGerald R. Molen

    Executive Staff

    Stephen SmithExecutive Director

    Kim SimonManaging Director

    Sam GustmanChief Technology Officer

    Karen JungblutDirector of Research and Documentation

    Steven KlappholzExecutive Director of Development

    Ari ZevDirector of Administration






    1 Touchstone of Humanity


    2 “The Courage to Tell”:Testimonies of RwandanGenocide Survivors

    3 Online: First Testimonies on the Internet


    4 Genocide Survivor Testimonyin Documentary Film: ItsAfterlife and Its Legacy

    5 International ConferenceSlated for March 2010

    5 USC Faculty StipendsAwarded


    6 Teacher Innovation Network:Empowering Educators toChange the World

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    Touchstone of Humanity

    eally, why would you come to the USC Shoah Foundation Institute?” This question has been put to me almost daily since

    I became executive director in August. Why, after being involvedin Holocaust education and genocide prevention projects in the UnitedKingdom and elsewhere in the world, would I move to Los Angeles to commit myself to a collection of audio-visual Holocaust testimonies?

    The answer is that theInstitute’s archive of testimony presents aunique, once-in-a-life-time opportunity to speakto our world about thecauses and consequencesof the Holocaust throughthe undeniable voices ofthose who experienced itfirsthand. The 52,000 testimonies of Shoah survivors are arguably the

    compelling voice of our age.They make the Holocaust realfor people’s lives today andfocus us on our mission fortomorrow. People of many dif-ferent languages from manycountries will be inspired toexamine their attitudes aboutothers, to distinguish individu-als from stereotypes, and tothink about how to make rightchoices at critical moments,when history is in our hands. As part of a world-class academ-ic and research institution, wehave the chance to establish a center of excellence at USC,which will one day become thedestination for understanding

    how visual history can shapethe future, as well as unlockthe past.

    It has been fifteen years sincethe Shoah Foundation Institutebegan with a vision to ensurethat a record of the living voices, the memories, and themessages of Holocaust survivorsand other witnesses would

    endure for every generation. To be part of the team that iscustodian to these “timelesstruths” is a daunting privilege.Now I am asking, “What will the next fifteen years bring?”

    Will the life stories ofHolocaust eyewitnesses, andtheir warning from history, betaught in classrooms and com-munities in every corner of the world? Will we be able tomeet the challenge that the

    testimonies have set before us?Will our distinctive academic

    programs and research help set the standard of our struggleacross the field? Will studentsand scholars who come to theInstitute draw from that experi-ence throughout their lives?

    And will the archive becomethat touchstone of humanity,

    to help us face the reality ofhuman behavior and shed somelight on the ways to change it?

    These demands and ques-tions are implicit in the voiceswe hear in the archive. I lookforward to struggling foranswers with you.

    Stephen SmithExecutive Director

    “Now I am asking, ‘What will the next fifteenyears bring?’ Will the life stories of Holocausteyewitnesses, and their warning from history, be taught in classrooms and communities in every corner of the world?”— Stephen Smith


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    rather than just listening emotionally. I was taking into consideration what would beuseful to end-users and tryingto make sure every detail isaccounted for, such as names,places, and dates.”

    “From a genocide survivor’spoint of view,” she added, “itwas very hard to listen to the

    testimonies again and again. But we used Holocaust sur-vivors’ testimonies for training,and that was a wake up call forme. Their testimonies made merealize that we can do so muchmore than just grieve alone. Justhaving the courage to tell ourstories is making sure the worldknows what happened.”

    As many as 1 million peoplewere killed over the next threemonths, often by their ownneighbors. “Those are picturesthat are always in my soul,”Gatali said, remembering whathe witnessed, including themurder of his pregnant cousin.“I will always see them.”

    Gatali and two other survivors

    of the Rwandan Tutsi genocidegave their testimonies in 2008.Consolée Uwamariya, a survivorof the genocide who lives inLos Angeles, recently indexed these interviews (assigned keywords to specific video segments) to make themsearchable once they becomepart of the Institute’s VisualHistory Archive.

    “It was a very eye-openingprocess,” Uwamariya said.“Approaching the testimoniesas an indexer made me thinkin-depth while listening,







    To support the Institute’s effortto interview survivors of theRwandan Tutsi genocide, visitcollege.usc.edu/vhi/donate.

    “The Courage to Tell”:Testimonies of RwandanGenocide Survivors

    mmanuel Gatali, a34-year-old survivorof the RwandanTutsi genocide,

    remembers when he and hisfamily heard explosions not farfrom their home on the earlymorning of April 7, 1994.

    “We sent [someone] to gocheck out what was going on,”Gatali recalled. “He told us thatthey had started killing people.”


    “Their testimonies made me realize that we can do so muchmore than just grieve alone. Just having the courage to tellour stories is making sure theworld knows what happened.”— Consolée Uwamariya

    Above: Consolée Uwamariya, a sur-vivor of the Rwandan Tutsi genocide,learns how to index using the testimo-ny of Holocaust survivor Peter Hersch(Photo by Kim Fox). Right: EmmanuelGatali, a survivor of the RwandanTutsi genocide, gives his testimony.


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    Online: First Testimonies on the Internet

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    services holds strong potentialas a platform from which toraise awareness of the testi-monies and encourage theireducational use. The Instituteis reaching out to people onFacebook (username: USCShoah Foundation Institute),sharing news of its activities on Twitter (twitter.com/uscshoahfdn), and has created a ning, an online environmentwhere members of its TeacherInnovation Network (college.usc.edu/vhi/education/teachernetwork) can exchangeideas and resources to helpthem instruct students usingHolocaust eyewitness testimo-ny. Visit each respective web-page to join.

    A new frontier: Visual HistoryArchive on the Internet

    As part of its effort to provideonline access to the testimonies,the Institute is developing theVisual History Archive on theInternet (VHA-I), which will

    deliver 1,000 English-language testimoniesover the Web. Set topilot in April 2010, theVHA-I will use Web2.0 and social network-ing technology to helpteachers make educa-tional use of testimonyin and out of the class-room. Students will be able to work withtestimony and otherresources, individually or cooperatively, in anonline environmentmoderated by theirteachers, and acquirevaluable digital literacyskills while exploring

    the life stories of Holocaust survivors and other witnesses.

    ing in 2009, the Institute’sYouTube channel has steadilygrown with content that nowincludes scholarly lectures and other informative videos in addition to short clips of testimony and full-length testimonies. To view theInstitute’s YouTube channel,visit youtube.com/USCShoahFoundation.

    Reaching out through Web 2.0

    YouTube exemplifies a trendtoward dynamic, user-drivenonline environments, which arerevolutionizing how peoplecommunicate, network, andshare information. Collectivelydubbed Web 2.0, this new generation of websites and

    hat promptedme to tell my story,”Holocaust

    survivor Nathan Offen said during his interview with theInstitute in 1996, “is because Isee the hate and destruction inthis world, and the denial, thatthere never was a Holocaust…So it has to be told. People have to learn.”

    Now, with an Internet connection, one can learn fromNathan’s story. His is one ofmore than 100 full-length testi-monies that can be viewed onthe Institute’s YouTube channel,a new point of access that is part of a larger effort to bring the testimonies onto theInternet in coming years.

    “Nearly 52,000 individualswho experienced the Holocausthave entrusted their memoriesto the Institute as a legacy forall of humanity,” said StephenSmith, Institute ExecutiveDirector. “As custodian ofthose memories, it is ourresponsibility, our solemn duty,to disseminate them responsi-bly throughout the world;online access is the key to ful-filling this obligation.”

    Testimony on YouTube

    The most popular online video community in the world,YouTube draws millions ofviewers each day. Since launch-

    To support online access to the testimonies, visit college.usc.edu/vhi/donate.

    Follow the Institute on:



    Teacher Innovation Networkcollege.usc.edu/vhi/education/teachernetwork



    As part of the effort to make the testimonies accessible online, the Institute hasposted more than 100 full-length interviews on its YouTube channel.

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    almost every one of the peoplewe’d filmed, put their lives injeopardy, [presented] a daunt-ing…moral challenge.”

    As Braun discovered, record-ing genocide-survivor testimonyfor use in a documentary filmraises sensitive issues. Some of these issues—e.g., the chal-lenges involved in navigatingthe political landscape of acountry where genocide isoccurring—must be resolved

    on the front end of a project.Others take precedence in retrospect, such as the question of what to do with interviewfootage that has value beyondthe context of the film forwhich it was recorded.

    With these issues in mind, in August, the USC ShoahFoundation Institute and theUSC School of Cinematic Artshosted a panel discussion andaudience Q&A session with documentarians who have interviewed survivors for theirfilms. The panel was part of the School of Cinematic Arts’ Visible Evidence XVI conference.


    hile makinghis award-winning documentary

    Darfur Now in 2007, writer/director Ted Braun traveled to Sudan to record interviewswith individuals on all sides of the conflict in Darfur—including survivors of what has been called the first geno-cide of the 21st century.

    “Simply getting access topeople who had stories to tellwas a daunting challenge,”Braun said. “And the responsi-bilities that we…faced oncewe’d heard and filmed thosestories, which, in the case of

    Genocide Survivor Testimonyin Documentary Film: ItsAfterlife and Its Legacy

    Ted Braun, who is an associate professor in the USCSchool of Cinematic Arts, wasjoined on the panel by EmmyAward-winning filmmaker Anne Aghion, whose series onRwanda’s Gacaca courts exploresthe prospects of transitional justice after genocide; filmmak-er and Institute FoundingExecutive Director James Moll,whose film Inheritance, whichprofiles Monika Goeth, daughterof Nazi concentration campcommandant Amon Goeth, won an Emmy in 2009 forOutstanding Interview; and film-maker Socheata Poeuv, whose2006 documentary NEW YEARBABY earned AmnestyInternational’s Movies ThatMatter Award. Emmy-winningbroadcast journalist and newsproducer Andi Gitow, who now works for the UnitedNations, moderated the panel.

    “With its experience interviewing witnesses of the Holocaust, the ShoahFoundation Institute isuniquely attuned to the idea of film as visual history and is aware of the responsibilitiesinvolved in working with survivors of genocide,” saidProfessor Michael Renov,Associate Dean of the Schoolof Cinematic Arts. “Its partici-pation in the Visible EvidenceConference has brought wel-come perspective to the studyof documentary practice.”

    “Finding a home for thearchive at USC has allowed the Institute to encourage dia-logue on many levels,” saidKaren Jungblut, InstituteDirector of Research andDocumentation. “In addition to bringing focus to Holocausteyewitness testimony, we have now had this opportunity,in conjunction with the Schoolof Cinematic Arts, to bring




    wPanelists take questions from the audi-ence at “Genocide Survivor Testimony inDocumentary Film: Its Afterlife and ItsLegacy,” at the USC School of CinematicArts’ George Lucas Instructional Building.(Photo by Amber Mirafuentes)

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  • USC Faculty Stipends Awarded

    With funding from the Leo Rosner

    Foundation, the Institute has provid-

    ed stipends that will enable two USC

    faculty members to incorporate testi-

    mony in courses in the upcoming

    academic year.

    (American Studies and Ethnicity,

    English, and Gender Studies) plans

    to integrate testimony into at least

    three courses on visual culture, nar-

    rative, and the Holocaust, beginning

    with a graduate seminar taught in

    conjunction with Professor Macarena

    Gómez-Barris for the Visual Studies

    Graduate Certificate Program.


    and Italian) plans to use testimony

    as part of “The Shoah in Italy and the

    Myth of the Good Italian,” a course

    that aims to deepen students’ under-

    standing of the Italian Jewish condi-

    tion before, during, and after World

    War II, as well as examine the post-

    war phenomenon of transferring

    all blame for the Holocaust onto

    Nazi Germany.

    n spring 2010, theInstitute will bringtogether university pro-fessors, researchers, and

    librarians from across the worldfor the “International DigitalAccess Outreach and ResearchConference,” the first gatheringof colleagues from the morethan 20 institutions that haveaccess to the Visual HistoryArchive.

    “These individuals havemade extensive use of thearchive, and they have a greatdeal to share with us as aresult,” said Karen Jungblut,Institute Director of Researchand Documentation. “Byencouraging dialogue and fos-tering a community around the archive through events suchas this one, we can work togeth-er to realize its potential as a foundation for worldwide education and scholarship.”

    Made possible by a grant from the Jim JosephFoundation, the conference ispart of a program that aims toincrease the archive’s impact on higher education.

    “The Jim Joseph Foundationrecognizes the Visual HistoryArchive as a unique and power-ful resource for educators,” said Jack Slomovic, a memberof the foundation’s board of

    directors. “We hope ourinvolvement will help theInstitute and its colleaguesmake significant advancementsin knowledge related to educa-tional use of the archive so thatstudents at every level, as wellas scholars and researchers, may experience the full impact of the life stories of Holocaustsurvivors and other witnesses.”

    A comprehensive survey,administered in-person or byphone, is being used to help setthe agenda for the conferenceand shed light on the variousways the archive is being usedat partner institutions; the survey has been administered atYad Vashem in Israel, Monash


    University in Australia, and at sites across the United States.The Institute will follow upwith a second survey after the conference to assess itseffectiveness.

    “When UC San Diego gained full access to the archivein 2007, we hoped that our stu-dents and faculty would recog-nize its unique value and flockto use it,” said Elliot Kanter,Librarian for Communication,Judaic Studies and U.S. Historyat the University of California,San Diego. “We began develop-ing programs for active outreachto the campus community, andto the wider San Diego commu-nity as well, and have beenpleased to see awareness anduse of the testimony collectiongrow. I hope our future effortswill be strengthened by thechance to learn how colleaguesat other institutions are handlingthe opportunities and challengesthe archive presents.”

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    about an informed examinationof the implications of usinggenocide-survivor testimony as a means of communicationthrough film—what it could

    mean for the survivors them-selves, and what it could mean for the world.”

    If you were unable to attendthe discussion, you can watch

    the video at college.usc.edu/vhi/visibleevidence09/video.

    To view photos, visit college.usc.edu/vhi/visibleevidence09/photos.



    International ConferenceSlated for March 2o1o

    From left: Brendan Rosewarne, Senior Systems Programmer of Distributed Systems,Douglas Ballman, Institute Manager of External Relations for the Online Archive, andRosalind Olsen, Subject Librarian of Australian Studies, Historical Studies, JewishCivilisation, Religion, and Theology at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

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    “When I speak to children…I tell them that I learned onevery important lesson from theHolocaust, and that is that I willnever judge people collectively.I also tell children that theyhave the power to change theworld—that…each and everyone of us, by our actions andhow we live our lives, arechanging the world for better or for worse.”

    This summer, Renée spokeat “Teaching with Testimony,”a weeklong workshop at theInstitute for middle school- and high school educators inSouthern California. The partic-ipants—who came from publicand private schools, and teachsubjects ranging from historyand the social sciences to lan-guage arts and literature—weredrawn by a common interest inreaching students through theuse of Holocaust eyewitnesstestimony.

    “When students see testimo-ny, their reaction is amazing onso many levels,” said JeremyHoward, a teacher from FrancisParker School in San Diego.“You get higher-level questions,questions that are insightful….What [the workshop] will allowus to do is to take what thearchive has to offer and bring itinto the classroom, take it backto our schools. And we all havecolleagues who teach other sub-jects, we have colleagues inother schools. [The impact will]just keep blossoming.”

    The workshop providedtraining on search and retrievalmethodology and techniquesfor integrating testimony acrossa curriculum. It explored thepedagogical potential of testi-mony in a variety of subject


    Teacher Innovation Network: Empowering Educators to Change the World





    n 1944, Renée Firestone was deported from Czechoslovakia to theAuschwitz-II Birkenau death camp. Fifty years later, she returned. “I learned something here, but I wonder whether the world learned

    anything,” Renée said as she walked the grounds of Auschwitz. “You lookaround the world today, you wonder, ‘What did we learn from the Holocaust?What did we learn from this place?’” Renée has dedicated her life to educating young people; in 1994, she gave her testimony to the Institute.


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    areas, including visual- andmedia literacy, and examinedtestimony as a primary sourcethat can corroborate, enrich, and even challenge the writtenhistorical record.

    “Teaching with Testimony”was the inaugural event of theLeichtag Family FoundationMaster Teacher Program, whichwill enable the Institute tobegin building a national cadreof educators who create class-room resources based on the lifestories in the archive. The pro-gram is a component of theInstitute’s recently launchedTeacher Innovation Network,whose members will become

    leaders and advocates of testi-mony-based classroom instruc-tion in their school districts.

    “By engaging teachers who share our commitment totestimony-based education, bysupporting their efforts to bringtestimony into their classroomsand encourage their colleaguesto do the same, the Institutewill help them positively affectan ever-growing number of students and communities,”

    said Stephen Smith, InstituteExecutive Director. “We aregrateful for the Leichtag FamilyFoundation’s leadership at thisearly stage and look forward to what the future will yieldthrough the Teacher InnovationNetwork.”

    “We are so impressed by the caliber of the program andthe teachers who participated inthis inaugural workshop,” saidLeichtag Family FoundationPresident Jim Farley. “Besidesbeing talented, they have

    shown a passion for testimony-based education which is exciting to observe among individuals who work at thefrontline of the battle for younghearts and minds. The LeichtagFamily Foundation is pleased to partner with the Institute asit reaches out to this phenome-nal group of teachers, andthrough them to their students,their colleagues, and their communities.”

    “What [the workshop] will allow us to do is totake what the archive has to offer and bring itinto the classroom, take it back to our schools.And we all have colleagues who teach other subjects, we have colleagues in other schools.[The impact will] just keep blossoming.”— Jeremy Howard

    Facing page, from left: Educators Merri Weir, Teresa Hill, and Paige Leven at the “Teaching with Testimony” workshop. Left: Renée Firestone, a survivor of theHolocaust, speaks with educators at the “Teaching with Testimony” workshop.Above: Educator Jeremy Howard views testimony. (Photos by Kim Fox)

    To support the TeacherInnovation Network, visitcollege.usc.edu/vhi/donate.

    For photos and video from theworkshop or to join the TeacherInnovation Network, visit college.usc.edu/vhi/education/teachingwithtestimony.

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    distinguished leaders who have shown a commitment tochange through action, we haveonce again chosen a highlydeserving champion of free-dom,” Clinton said.

    Accepting the award,Spielberg said, “I am thrilled tobe honored by my dear friend,President Clinton, and to be recognized by an organizationunprecedented in its devotion tothe most relevant and significantdocument in our nation’s history.It’s truly humbling to be addedto the distinguished list of past

    recipients, a group of men andwomen whom I admire deeplyfor their commitment to educat-ing the world about the impor-tance of freedom and theblessings of liberty.”

    Past recipients of the LibertyMedal include Nelson Mandela,Shimon Peres, Kofi Annan, andSandra Day O’Connor.

    their memories of life before, during, and after the Holocaustin perpetuity. For this and otherhumanitarian achievements as a filmmaker and philanthropist,the National ConstitutionCenter honored Spielberg with its 2009 Liberty Medal in October.

    Excerpts from four of theInstitute’s testimonies wereshown at the award ceremony in Philadelphia, along with

    scenes from The ColorPurple, Schindler’s List,Amistad, and Saving

    Private Ryan, four of Spielberg’sfilms that deal with themes ofhuman rights and the struggleagainst intolerance and tyranny.

    President Bill Clinton,Chairman of the NationalConstitution Center, presentedSpielberg with the LibertyMedal. “Continuing in theNational Constitution Center’srich tradition of honoring

    he Nazis did every-thing in their powerto dehumanize anddestroy. This is the

    reason why, when they calledme Number 25673, I said I amnot a number,” Holocaust sur-vivor Itka Zygmuntowicz said in her testimony. “…My familytaught me that who I am—my mentshlekhkeyt, my humane-ness—does not depend on how others treat me but on how I treat others.”

    Steven Spielberg establishedthe Survivors of the ShoahVisual History Foundation (nowthe USC Shoah FoundationInstitute) so that individualslike Itka would be able to share

    Steven Spielberg Honoredwith Liberty Medal forHumanitarian Work




    “Continuing in the National ConstitutionCenter’s rich tradition of honoring distinguished leaders who have shown a commitment to change through action,we have once again chosen a highlydeserving champion of freedom.”— President Bill Clinton

    tAbove: Steven Spielberg speaks atthe Liberty Medal award ceremony at the National Constitution Center(Photo by Carol Feely). Right, left to right: Itka Zygmuntowicz, aHolocaust survivor; Steven Spielberg,Kate Capshaw, and President Bill Clinton. (Photo by Susan Beard Design)


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  • Preserving theTestimonies

    To ensure that the life stories of

    Holocaust survivors and other

    witnesses endure in perpetuity, the

    Institute is copying the master

    recordings of the testimonies from

    videotape—which deteriorates over

    time—to an electronic format, called

    Motion JPEG 2000. These preserva-

    tion copies of the testimonies retain

    the picture and sound quality of the

    originals and will not experience

    signal degradation over time.

    Progress so far

    • 52,486 tapes out of 235,044


    • 12,005 interviews out of

    51,682 preserved

    To facilitate access to the

    testimonies by students, academics,

    and researchers around the world,

    the Institute is making additional

    copies of each testimony for use on

    personal computers and television

    in the following formats:

    • MPEG-1

    • MPEG-2

    • QuickTime

    • Flash

    • Windows Media Player

    Visit college.usc.edu/vhi/preservation

    to learn more about the ongoing

    preservation effort.






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    has made it easier for people towork with the testimonies inways that meet their needs.”

    Additionally, the Leo Rosner Foundation has fundedan enhancement that allowsusers to share projects with oth-ers—thus greatly increasing thearchive’s potential as a resourcefor collaborative research andeducation.

    Access Site News

    Meanwhile, the testimonies of Holocaust survivors and otherwitnesses are enhancing pro-grams and making new educa-tional opportunities possible atinstitutions around the world.

    In the fall, Charles University(Prague, Czech Republic)became the third institution in Europe with access to theVisual History Archive. In theUnited States, Clark University(Worcester, Massachusetts) also gained access.

    Between April and May, the University of California,San Diego (UCSD) hosted its second annual “HolocaustLiving History Workshop,”which seeks to teach the histo-ry of the Holocaust throughinteractions with survivors and through the use of the Institute’s archive of testimony.

    In February 2010, CentralEuropean University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary will welcome educators of all disci-plines to “New Sources andMethodologies for JewishStudies,” a weeklong workshopto explore ways to build course-work around visual, oral, andwritten accounts of Holocausteyewitnesses, with specialemphasis placed on the testi-monies in the Institute’s VisualHistory Archive. In April 2009,CEU became the second institution in Europe withaccess to the archive.

    New Visual History Archive Search Interface

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    Students access the Visual History Archive at Freie UniversitätBerlin. (Photo courtesy of FreieUniversität Berlin) at institutions connected to the Visual History Archive, a redesigned user interface is

    making it easier to learn fromthe nearly 52,000 testimonies of Holocaust survivors and other witnesses.

    The new interface featureskey improvements. Theseinclude a more streamlinedstructure to reduce the need to navigate through multiplewebpages, the ability to book-mark search results and videosegments to save them forfuture use, and the option topassword-protect projects.

    “We wanted to provide amore flexible, intuitive, androbust tool so that research inthe archive will yield richerlearning experiences,” saidSamuel Paul, Institute AssociateDirector of Digital Resources.“The redesigned interface

    The entire archive is now available to users at 24 institutions on four continents. To find the site nearest you, visit college.usc.edu/vhi/testimonylocations.


    Percent complete (52,486 tapes)

    Percent remaining (182,558 tapes)

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  • Donor Highlight: Vera and Paul Guerin

    “As the child of a Holocaustsurvivor, I want every genera-tion to learn from what theyexperienced,” Vera Guerin said.“Through the educational use of their testimonies, the survivors become teachers whocan help students around theworld to become mindful of the terrible consequences ofprejudice and intolerance.”

    Vera’s father, Nathan Shapell(1922-2007), lost most of hisfamily in the Holocaust. He survived Buchenwald andAuschwitz, and after the warbecame a public defender fordisplaced persons in Germany.After immigrating to the U.S.with his wife, Lillian, anddaughter, Vera, in 1953, Shapellbecame a successful real estatedeveloper and philanthropist.His many contributions includethe funding and establishmentof the Shapell-Guerin Chair inJewish Studies, USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences,

    which is held by Dr. WolfGruner. Vera has cited herfather as a source of inspirationfor her own legacy of giving.

    The Guerins have providedsupport for the Institute since2005. “Without people like Veraand Paul, the Institute would beunable to respond to the urgentneed for tolerance education,”said Steven Klappholz, InstituteExecutive Director ofDevelopment. “Thanks to their generous commitment toour work, the testimonies aremaking a difference in the livesof young people around theworld by encouraging them tobecome more tolerant andresponsible individuals.”

    In addition to supporting the Institute, Vera served forfour years on the board ofUnited Hostesses’ Charities atCedars-Sinai Medical Centerand received the EvelynClayburgh Award for “extraordi-nary service” as president of theWomen’s Guild Lung Institute.She now serves on the boards of Cedars-Sinai, the Women’sGuild Lung Institute, and theSkirball Cultural Center. Paul isa member of the board of gover-nors at Cedars-Sinai, where hehas been a member of the exec-utive committee. The Guerinsalso provide scholarships for theBob Shapell School of SocialWork at Tel Aviv University (an endowment established byVera’s father), and Paul is presi-

    Charitable Foundation is asso-ciated with the InternationalRescue Committee, RefugeesInternational, CARE, the WorldFood Program, the NationalSeptember 11 Memorial andMuseum, and the ConservationFund.

    “Like the testimonies of survivors of the Holocaust, thetestimonies of Rwandan geno-cide survivors also have world-changing potential,” explainedEden Kratchman, ExecutiveDirector of the ACE CharitableFoundation. “We are very proudto be partnering with the USCShoah Foundation Institute onsuch an important project.”

    Making a Difference: Harvey Chaplin

    “The life story of a single witness of the Holocaust canmake all the difference in help-ing young people chooseacceptance over intolerance andaction over indifference,” saidHarvey Chaplin. “That is whyit is so important to support theUSC Shoah FoundationInstitute as it strives to intro-duce the testimonies to students around the world.”

    Chaplin’s generous support of the Institute has helped cre-ate opportunities for Holocaustsurvivors and other witnesses to teach young people throughthe educational use of their testimonies. “We are so thank-ful to Harvey for his commit-ment to our mission,” said


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    dent and board chairman of Friends of Israeli DefenseForces, a support organizationfor Israeli soldiers and theirfamilies.

    ACE CharitableFoundation to SupportLocal RwandanTestimony ProjectThe ACE CharitableFoundation has made a contri-bution that will enable theInstitute to collect testimonyfrom Rwandan Tutsi genocidesurvivors living in California.

    “This donation from the ACECharitable Foundation is espe-cially significant,” said KarenJungblut, Institute Director ofResearch and Documentation.“Not only will it allow us tobegin preserving memories ofsurvivors of the Rwandan Tutsigenocide living in and aroundLos Angeles; it will also help uscontinue to build capacity forthe larger Rwandan testimonyproject we are undertaking withIBUKA, the umbrella organiza-tion representing Rwandangenocide survivors.”

    The ACE CharitableFoundation is committed to the health and well-being ofless-fortunate individuals andcommunities in geographicregions where ACE employeeslive and work. Priority focus isgiven to projects that addressproblems in the areas of educa-tion, the environment, poverty,and health. In addition to supporting the USC ShoahFoundation Institute, the ACE

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    Steven Klappholz, InstituteExecutive Director ofDevelopment. “He under-stands that the testimonies do have the power to changethe world, one life at a time.”

    Chaplin is Chairman and

    CEO of Southern Wine andSpirits of America. In additionto supporting the Institute, hehas contributed to a number ofnational and international non-profit organizations over theyears. He and Mel Dick, Sr.

    Vice President and VicePresident of the company’sWine Division, have helpedSouthern Wine and Spirits ofAmerica raise millions of dollarsfor the Weizmann Institute ofScience in Rehovot, Israel.

    f we turn our backs on the memories ofHolocaust survivors andother witnesses, human-

    ity will face a future in which the pitfalls of hatred and indif-ference remain obscured by ourignorance of the past,” saidBruce Ramer. “But if we eachheed the lessons the survivorgeneration has to teach us, wecan learn to make individualchoices which will bring us allcloser to a better tomorrow.”

    A founding member of theBoard of Directors of the ShoahFoundation, Bruce Ramer provided early leadership whenthe Foundation undertook themonumental project of collectingtestimony from nearly 52,000Holocaust survivors and otherwitnesses. And as a member of the USC Board of Trustees,he was instrumental in finding a permanent home for theFoundation—and more impor-tantly, for the testimonies—as part of the University ofSouthern California. “Integrationinto USC has guaranteed thelasting preservation of the testimonies, and it has broughtthem within reach of more people than ever before,” saidStephen Smith, InstituteExecutive Director.

    Now a member of the USCShoah Foundation Institute’sBoard of Councilors, Ramerplayed a key role on the searchcommittee for a new executivedirector in 2008-2009, helpingto usher in a new era of leader-ship with the appointments ofSmith and Managing DirectorKim Simon. For his tirelesswork and leadership on behalfof the Institute, which alsoincludes major fundraisingachievements and contributionsas a donor, Ramer has been rec-ognized with the Ambassadorsfor Humanity Award.

    “Many people have devotedtime and resources to our mis-sion over the years. BruceRamer has been part of thefounding team that made thispossible,” said Smith. “For fif-teen years, he has provided

    leadership at pivotal momentsin our history; Bruce has helpedguide the Institute through itsbirth and growth, and he isunwavering in his commitmentto its maturation.”

    Born and raised inNew Jersey, Ramer is thesenior partner at the lawfirm Gang, Tyre, Ramer& Brown. He is a mem-ber of the Council onForeign Relations, amember of the Board ofthe Pacific Council on

    International Policy, and a for-mer national president of theAmerican Jewish Committee. Inaddition to sitting on theInstitute’s Board of Councilorsand the USC Board of Trustees,Ramer is chair of the USCInstitute on Entertainment Lawand Business, co-chair of theUSC Annenberg School forCommunication & Journalism’sExecutive Committee, andfounding chair of the GeffenPlayhouse. He is also a boardmember of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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    How You Can Make a Difference

    One person really can make a differ-

    ence. The USC Shoah Foundation

    Institute counts on your support to

    continue its important work to over-

    come prejudice, intolerance, and


    Cash Donations: Gifts may be

    made by cash, check, or credit card.

    Pledges: You may wish to make a

    gift to the Institute which is paid

    over several years, following a pay-

    ment schedule that is most conven-

    ient for you.

    Planned Gifts: Planned gifts might

    help you reduce or avoid income-,

    gift-, and inheritance taxes. Planned

    gifts include wills, charitable remain-

    der trusts, charitable lead trusts, and

    annuities. You may wish to consider

    funding a planned gift with such

    assets as cash, life insurance policies,

    real property, retirement plans, or

    marketable securities.

    Memorial or Tribute Gifts:

    Contributions can be made to honor

    special occasions, such as birthdays,

    weddings, or births, as well as to

    memorialize a friend or family mem-

    ber. The Institute will mail a tribute

    card announcing the gift.

    In-kind Gifts: The Institute accepts

    gifts of goods or services that fulfill

    programmatic needs.

    For more information, contact:

    Steven Klappholz

    Executive Director of Development

    USC Shoah Foundation Institute for

    Visual History and Education

    University of Southern California

    650 W. 35th Street, Suite 114

    Los Angeles, CA 90089-2571

    Phone: (213) 740-6001

    “If we each heedthe lessons thesurvivor genera-tion has to teach

    us, we can learn tomake individual choic-es which will bring usall closer to a bettertomorrow.”— Bruce Ramer


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  • Cedars-Sinai Medical CenterUlrika & Joel Citron

    Family FoundationLouis ColenLeonardo Di Caprio

    FoundationWalt Disney CompanyEntertainment Industry

    FoundationRafael FefermanPhilip M. Friedmann

    Family Charitable TrustGang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown, Inc.Samuel Goldberg &

    Sons FoundationTom Hanks & Rita WilsonHasbro, Inc.HawthornJewish Community FoundationJewish Federation of ArkansasJane & Robert Katz FoundationMarilyn & Jeffrey Katzenberg Kathleen Kennedy

    & Frank MarshallLandis Family TrustLexington Financial

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    FoundationMattel, Inc.Audra & Jeff NathansonWalter Parkes & Laurie

    MacDonaldR. Ariella Ritvo-Slifka, Ph.D

    & Mr. Alan B. SlifkaLeo Rosner FoundationWendy & Ken RubySamma Systems, Inc.Esther & Walter SchoenfeldShowtime Networks, Inc.Sony Pictures EntertainmentSternlicht Family FoundationBen Stiller

    Gifts and Pledges: October 2008 through October 2009

    $50,000 +

    Feintech Family FoundationAndrea & Jim GordonCarmel & Eric GreenbergShirley & Marc GrossmanDana & Yossie HollanderJim Joseph FoundationJanet & John KornreichLeichtag Family FoundationLevy-Markus FoundationNational Constitution CenterMonica & Phil Rosenthal Marilyn & Barry RubensteinKaren & Mickey ShapiroGeorge W. Schaeffer FoundationSteven SpielbergViterbi Family Foundation

    of the Jewish CommunityFoundation of San Diego

    Theodore & Renee Weiler Foundation

    Sanford WeissDiane & Howard WohlZiegler Family TrustAnonymous


    Kathleen & Jeffrey J. AbramsHerb Alpert FoundationMichael BloombergLouis L. Borick FoundationDr. Leon Bromberg

    Charitable TrustMary Bucksbaum Scanlan

    & Patrick ScanlanCalifornia Community


    Target CorporationAlvin and Fanny B.

    Thalheimer Foundation, Inc.Twentieth Century FoxUniversal City Studios Noah S. Wyle FoundationSeverin Wunderman

    Family FoundationSelim ZilkhaAnonymous (2)


    Abramson Family FoundationMarion AchtentuchVandana AgarwalDebbie Allen Debbie & Marc AttanasioMira BeckerShelly & Gary BelzGila BronnerHelen Gurley Brown

    & David BrownRebecca Susan Buffett

    FoundationMark BurgJacob Burns FoundationPaul & Pearl Caslow FoundationCarol & David CislowskiJoseph ColemanLeon & Toby Cooperman

    Family FoundationCreative Artists Agency, Inc.Defamco, L.P.Tracy DenmarkSam DevinkiStanley DillerAndrew DonnerDSL Health, Inc.Moshe DunieDavid EismanTamar Elkeles &

    Larry MichaelsCary ElwesPat & Jerry EpsteinErlbaum Family FoundationQuinn EzralowShirley FamilianFarahnik Family Foundation

    Charitable Trust

    Fidelity Charitable Gift FundFieldstead & Co.Pamela & Joshua FishmanJudith GevelberGiving ExpressGold Family FoundationGolden Estate/Lonestar Ventures

    Family PartnershipGoldring Family FoundationMargee & Douglas GreenbergJill M. GreenbergCynthia & Michael GrossmanHarry GutermanIrving Harris FoundationJune & Ronald HershMaria HerskovicJuliane HeymanDr. Daniel HillmanRuth HillmanSue HochbergHome Box Office, Inc.Horchow Family

    Charitable TrustMichael HorvitzRalph ItalieJewish Communal Fund

    of New YorkJewish Community

    Federation of ClevelandJewish Community FoundationJewish Federation of

    Metropolitan ChicagoHilda JonasJanusz KaminskiPhilip & Masako Togo

    Kasiloff FoundationThe Kedar Family & Zoltan

    Sonesh FoundationPeter KoppeKovler Family FoundationKaren & William LauderCydney & Daniel LichtmanDr. Gail LebovicAnne Claire Lester FoundationEmily & Richard Levin

    FoundationJulie & Jerry Levy






    Partners in History and the Future®

    The USC Shoah Foundation Institute wishes to thank the following individuals, foundations, and corporations for their generous support:

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    Carole Schild Levy & Marvin Levy

    George J. London MemorialFoundation

    Judy & Ronald Mack Susan & Michael K. MannDr. Betty Lou McMickenMerrill Lynch ChaseJoan MillsStacey & Eric MindichMorgan Stanley and Co., Inc.Rose MoskowitzNevada Community FoundationFrederick NixNorthern Trust Bank - MiamiSkip PaulDr. Carmen PuliafitoVirginia & Simon RamoRancho Los Amigos FoundationIra M. Resnick FoundationDrs. Susan Roitman &

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    Peter BankBeck Family Foundation, Inc.Ivan BeckerJay BienstockRuth & Jacob BloomEllen Beth BogolubJerome CobenKate DelacorteElisabeth & Maurice DepicciottoDover Fund, Inc.Carolyn DuClosFrieda DymCaroline ElliottFidelity Charitable Gift FundStephen FieldsClaudi GilmerChristine GlogowHarriet Golding FoundationBen GoldmanMary GordonJoseph GrossmanVera & Sigi HartKaren HermanRenee HerstCarole HeylGoucher HillelSaul HirschLouise & Herb HorvitzGary JacobsJewish Federation of

    Greater AtlantaJustgiveKarpman FoundationTibor KatzHanka KentVictor KohnAlan KriegerRalf KuehneWilma & Mervin KurtzmanLandman Family

    Charitable FoundationMarion LaurieEsther & Dan LevySusan LevySarah LieberSteven MartlaroDianne & Peter MecklerKenneth Miller

    Jospeh NadelThe Netter FoundationFritz NoymerDario NulJudith NussDeborah OppenheimerJonathan ParetSue PasternakSidney PhelpsPincus Family FoundationPrivate Health Management, Inc.Albert B. & Audrey G. Ratner

    Family FoundationMarc ReinerJaroslav RindShirley RosePeter R. RosenStuart SchreiberCarleton ShayLance SpodekRussell SteinwegMyron F. StevesMaxwell Strawbridge

    Charitable TrustLaura SvetkeySarah SzentalSuzanne & Marvin TenenbaumGail Migdal TitleMary TothTriangle Community

    FoundationJoan TwiggUnited Jewish Federation

    of TidewaterVollmer Family TrustWagner Family Foundation Andree WaidA.H. & Helen L. Weiss

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    Family Charitable TrustJanet Zykorie

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    EditorTalia Cohen

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    Susan Beard Design, Carol Feeley,Kim Fox, Freie Universtät Berlin,Amber Mirafuentes

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    Renée Semik, a teacher at Santa Monica High School, and a member of the Institute’s Teacher Innovation Network, uses the Visual History Archive (Photo by Kim Fox). Turn to page six for the full story.

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