Tag Archives: holocaust

Impact in Profile: Louis Schmidt

Originally published by USC Shoah Foundation He was under five years old at the time, but World War II left an indelible mark on Louis Schmidt. He’s never forgotten the air raid drills, seeing his uncles in military uniform, or looking at pictures of prisoners of war in Life magazine. So when Steven Spielberg announced after he […]

The History and Significance of August 2, Roma Holocaust Memorial Day

Originally published by USC Shoah Foundation On August 2, 1944, nearly 3,000 Roma and Sinti women, men and children were murdered in the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Seventy-one years later, the date was formally declared “Roma Holocaust Memorial Day” under European law, and the need for continued memorialization of the fate of the Roma and […]

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 […]

Impact in Profile: Lyndell Higgins

(Originally published by USC Shoah Foundation) Lyndell Higgins wanted to teach people about the Holocaust. So, she started to dance. Higgins is the founding director of the Los Angeles-based Stretch Dance Company, which she created in 2010.  The company recently debuted its first full-length dance production, I Have Lived A Thousand Years, based on the […]