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  • Obama says kidnapping of Nigerian girls shows man’s ‘darkest impulses’

    May 8, 2014 | 1:15 pm

    President Barack Obama issued a somber warning on Wednesday that the kidnapping of Nigerian girls and sectarian conflicts worldwide are a sign that "we have not extinguished man's darkest impulses."

    Obama accepted a humanitarian award from director Steven Spielberg at the...

  • Obama urges fight against global tide of anti-Semitism

    By  Tom Tugend

    May 8, 2014 | 2:49 am

    Recalling the horrors of the Holocaust, President Barack Obama urged nations to fight growing anti-Semitism and threats against Israel.

    Speaking Wednesday night (May 7) to 1,200 supporters of the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation, Obama called for “confronting a...

  • USC Shoah Foundation announces center for genocide research

    By Tom Tugend

    April 25, 2014 | 1:01 pm

    Establishment of a Center for Advanced Genocide Research at the University of Southern California (USC) was announced on April 25 by filmmaker Steven Spielberg, founder of the USC Shoah Foundation, and USC President C.L. Max Nikias, according to a press release.

    The center’s...

  • USC-Shoah head named to genocide education chair

    By Ryan Torok

    October 16, 2013 | 10:39 am

    As the executive director of the USC Shoah Foundation-The Institute for Visual History and Education, Stephen Smith is known for his work preserving the memory of the Holocaust.

    Now, the USC adjunct professor of religion is being given a platform to promote education about crimes...

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  • Priest discusses Holocaust documentation efforts

    By Ryan Torok

    June 6, 2013 | 1:48 pm

    The Rev. Patrick Desbois, secretary to the French Conference of Bishops for relations with Judaism and adviser to the Vatican on the Jewish religion, appeared at Wilshire Boulevard Temple on May 22 to discuss his effort to locate the mass graves of the approximately 1.5 million...

  • Survivor initiative to thrive on common cents

    April 3, 2013 | 2:30 pm

    Sixty-eight years after being liberated from the horrors of the Holocaust, many aging survivors are living another nightmare — poverty without hope.

    “Every single one of them came to this country destitute, with zero resources, and had to start from the beginning,” Stephen D....

  • Spielberg directs kids to ‘iWitness’ history

    By Tom Tugend

    March 7, 2013 | 7:49 am

    In a video, a Holocaust survivor remembers how he had to kill the family dog as he faced deportation to a wartime ghetto, where there would not be enough food for humans and none for animals.

    After watching the testimony and letting it sink in, a New York high school student went...

  • Leonora and Herbert Kolischer, Holocaust survivors and entrepreneurs, 88

    December 5, 2012 | 3:13 pm

    Leonora Kolischer died in her home in Malibu on October 31, followed soon by her husband Herbert Kolischer on November 4. They were both 88.

    They are survived by their adoring family: Leonora's daughter Amalia Klinger of Berkeley and her husband John, three grandchildren Adam,...

  • Jane Fonda to host Holocaust event on sexual violence

    October 22, 2012 | 4:36 pm

    Jane Fonda will host an event in Los Angeles focusing on sexual violence during the Holocaust.

    More than 200 people are expected for the invitation-only event on Nov. 8 at the Ray Kurtzman Theater. The event is sponsored by the USC Shoah Foundation and Remember the Women...

  • An Evening with the USC Shoah Foundation Institute

    By Ilana Angel

    June 14, 2012 | 4:43 pm

    The USC Shoah Foundation Institute is a very special place to me.  My years working there were the highlight of my professional career, but it was so much more.  It is where I went through a divorce, raised my son, became a phenomenal mother, landed on my feet, embraced my faith,...

  • A close encounter with Steven Spielberg’s dad

    By Tom Tugend

    June 13, 2012 | 1:32 pm

    For Arnold Spielberg’s birthday in the late 1950s, his wife, Leah, gave him a Brownie movie camera. He had little chance to enjoy the present because it was immediately appropriated by his 13-year-old son, Steven.

    Young Steven Spielberg repaid the gift a year or so later, when the...

  • Seeking Artifacts and Inspiration, Director of Memorialized Austrian Concentration Camp Visits L.A.

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    May 30, 2012 | 11:46 am

    Like many memorialized Nazi concentration camps across Europe, Mauthausen, the largest such camp in Austria, is in the process of being renovated for a new generation of visitors. First opened to the public in 1970, the exhibition at the camp, which attracted 200,000 visitors each...

  • Shoah Foundation presents inspiration award to Steven Spielberg’s father

    By  Tom Tugend

    May 2, 2012 | 12:14 pm

    The Four Seasons banquet room was teeming with Spielbergs, but for once it wasn’t producer/director Steven, nor sisters Nancy, Sue or Anne, who were in the spotlight.

    Rather, the mishpachah had gathered to pay their respects and express their filial love to the 95-year-old family...

  • Shoah Foundation gathers stories of Rwandan genocide

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 15, 2011 | 5:13 pm

    The USC Shoah Foundation Institute is home to more than 52,000 videotaped testimonies about the Holocaust, and people searching the archive’s index enter a single keyword into their queries more than any other: “Auschwitz.”

    “Auschwitz seems to be the one that people go to...

  • Shoah archive expanding to include testimonies of Rwandan genocide

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 8, 2011 | 12:45 pm

    The USC Shoah Foundation Institute is expanding its visual history archive to include video recordings of testimonies about genocides other than the Holocaust, starting with a collection of 50 testimonies by survivors of the 1994 genocide of Tutsis in Rwanda.

    It will be the first...

  • When Crystal met Spielberg; A rabbi, a reverend and a pastor walk into a shul

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 31, 2008 | 1:12 am

    Spielberg's Shoah Foundation Shines

    When Billy Crystal met Steven Spielberg at the Oct. 22 Shoah Foundation dinner, the comedian had a beef with the filmmaker.

    Why, asked Crystal, was there never a part for him in a Spielberg movie? Couldn't he have changed the title of "Jaws" to...

  • Vatican invites rabbi to speak; IDF using Facebook to catch draft dodgers

    October 1, 2008 | 10:17 pm

    The Vatican for the first time invited a rabbi to speak at its World Synod of Bishops.

    The Oct. 6 address by Shear-Yashuv Cohen, the chief rabbi of Haifa and the co-chair of the Israeli-Vatican Dialogue Commission, marks the first time that such an invitation was extended to a...

  • Briefs: Shoah Foundation broadens scope; OU essay contest offers Israel trips

    April 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Shoah Foundation Broadens Scope

    Steven Spielberg's Shoah Foundation, having completed its goal of videotaping the testimonies of 52,000 Holocaust survivors and witnesses, is now directing its technology and know-how to document genocides in other countries.

    In recent months,...
  • Filming on Babi Yar Genocide Underway

    By Yulianna Vilkos

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    A new Holocaust documentary, co-produced by the Los Angeles-based Shoah Foundation, is being filmed in Ukraine and targeted mainly toward a Ukranian and Russian audience. The film should be completed by September, in time for the 65th anniversary of the Babi Yar massacre.

    The...

  • Shoah Foundation Makes USC Its Home

    By Tom Tugend

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    With a mixture of elation and nostalgia, filmmaker Steven Spielberg last week formally turned over his Shoah Foundation, with 52,000 videotaped testimonies of Holocaust survivors and witnesses, to the University of Southern California.

    "I feel like a proud and wistful parent whose...

  • Survivor Voices Come to Classrooms

    By Julie G Fax

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In the backlot at Universal Studios, somewhere between the lake where Jaws lurks and the courthouse square where Michael J. Fox sped back to the future, researchers in nondescript trailers are finishing up one of the most ambitious projects involving the Holocaust.

    It is here, at the...

  • Preservation Efforts

    By Tom Tugend

    December 2, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    In a huge tent on the Universal Studios lot, crammed with computer gear and large television screens, Steven Spielberg last week unveiled his high-tech master plan to transmit and preserve the living testimony of Holocaust survivors for this and future generations.

    Hollywood's most...