Survivors and Witnesses: Using Video Testimony in the Classroom

Deepen your students’ engagement with the history of the Holocaust by bringing video testimony into your classroom.

View and discuss these powerful accounts of the Holocaust, told by survivors, rescuers, and witnesses, selected from USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive. The accompanying lesson suggestions and teaching strategies will help you structure and guide the conversation.

Facing History and Ourselves has selected testimony from USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive to complement the print and digital editions of Facing History and Ourselves: Holocaust and Human Behavior. The stories in this collection are told by survivors, rescuers, and witnesses of the Holocaust and genocide. As you will see, those categories themselves may be too simple; each story, while providing insight into history, is unique.

The testimonies in this collection are enhanced when paired with print and multimedia resources to explore key themes or historical events from the Facing History and Ourselves journey. The videos are divided into three sections: “The Nazis in Power: Voices in Europe,” “The Holocaust,” and “After the Holocaust.” Deepen classroom engagement with history through these powerful stories.

About Our Partner

This collection was created in partnership with USC Shoah Foundation -- The Institute for Visual History and Education.

Activities & Guidelines

In partnership with USC Shoah Foundation, we created common core aligned activities to teach this material, which you can access on the iWitness Platform. The USC Shoah Foundation also developed guidelines for effective teaching to supplement viewing the videos.

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