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VIDEO: A Closer Look: New Dimensions in Testimony

Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center (IHMEC) this winter became the first museum to pilot the next three New Dimensions in Testimony interviews after the original testimony of Pinchas Gutter. Museum visitors can now interact with the testimonies of Holocaust survivors Sam Harris, Aaron Elster and Fritzie Fritzshall, in addition to Gutter, three weekends a […]

VIDEO: A Closer Look: Translating the Armenian Genocide Collection

USC Shoah Foundation’s Armenian Genocide Collection is in the process of being transcribed, translated and subtitled in English, so that more scholars, students and the public can watch the testimonies given in the survivors’ native languages. The Armenian Genocide collection was first recorded by documentarian J. Michael Hagopian from 1968-2005. The 333 testimonies are in […]

Original Manuscript of Armenian Genocide Whistleblower Discovered in San Francisco

When a cousin of Diana Hekimian’s in San Francisco mentioned that she had found an old manuscript in the basement of her apartment building two months ago, Hekimian didn’t know what to think. Then she saw the manuscript. With its faded type, handwritten notes, and photographs taped to the pages, “it looked like a very […]

Aleksan Markaryan: The Last Interviewee

At 110 years old (according to him; no one knows for sure), Aleksan Markaryan is the life of the party. Within minutes of meeting visitors for the first time, he’s launched into a story about his long, fascinating life. “He remembers too many things,” says his friend Ana. “Whenever people come over, we say, ‘Look […]

Wild (2014)

Wild will make you believe in the healing power of nature In 1995, Cheryl Strayed’s life was crashing down around her. Her mother died following a short fight against cancer, she was cheating on her husband, and she was shooting heroin. A pregnancy scare was the last straw. Cheryl left her home, her job and […]

Big Eyes (2014)

Delightful telling of a true story that feels made for the big screen Watching the story of Margaret and Walter Keane unfold in Big Eyes it’s hard to believe that it all really happened. A team of Hollywood’s best screenwriters may not have been able to come up with a better plot. Margaret, a newly […]

Selma (2014)

David Oyelowo gives a virtuoso performance as Martin Luther King, Jr. in a biopic the great leader deserves Biopics can be a little bland. No matter who it’s about, or how fascinating his or her life and accomplishments, the movie itself tends to follow the same pattern: troubled childhood, early success, marital problems, a spectacular […]

Into the Woods (2014)

A faithful, crowd-pleasing adaptation of a Broadway classic What makes a great movie musical? A top-notch book and songs, competent cast, good production value and above all, only deviations from the original show when necessary for improving it for the screen. Into the Woods delivers on all counts. Stepen Sondheim’s fairy tale classic is imagined […]

Three Days in Auschwitz

(Originally published by USC Shoah Foundation) I expected to feel an intimate and profound connection to Auschwitz after touring the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum for the first time late last month. After three consecutive days visiting and working at the museum, I was indeed moved. But the insight I was hoping for came from beyond the […]

At Auschwitz, USC Shoah Foundation helps commemorate historic anniversary

(Originally published by USC News) On a bitter cold day in January 1945, the Soviet Army – pushing across Nazi Germany as the Allies drew closer to victory in Europe and the end of World War II – arrived at a Nazi concentration and extermination camp in southwestern Poland called Auschwitz-Birkenau. Inside, they found people […]