As the Nanjing testimonies are integrated into the Visual History Archive, they will be made available as a distinct collection within the archive alongside collections of eyewitnesses to other genocides that the Institute has collected from Armenia, Cambodia and Rwanda. The Institute has long identified the need to preserve memories of other genocides as each collection provides context for the others, enabling scholars to study eyewitness experiences across time, locations, cultures, and socio-political circumstances.
About the USC Shoah Foundation USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education ( sfi.usc.edu) is dedicated to making audio-visual interviews with survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides, a compelling voice for education and action. The Institute's current collection of nearly 52,00 eyewitness testimonies contained within its Visual History Archive preserves history as told by the people who lived it and lived through it. Housed at the University of Southern California within the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the Institute works with partners around the world to advance scholarship and research, to provide resources and online tools for educators, and to disseminate the testimonies for educational purposes.
About the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall The Memorial Hall of the Victims in Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders was built in 1985 with funding by the Nanjing municipal government. It is a world-renowned national museum and the first WWII history museum in Mainland China. With its prestigious reputation among Chinese museums, the Memorial Hall plays an important role in international people-to-people diplomacy and peace studies through telling the story and in honoring the memory of the Nanjing Massacre. The Memorial Hall occupies an area of about 74,000 square meters with four functional sections, including an exhibition hall that displays historical records and objects. Since its inception, the Memorial Hall has collected more than 4,000 testimonies for its oral history archive.
Contact: Anne Marie Stein / Josh Grossberg, USC Shoah Foundation, 213.740.6036 / 213.740.6065, firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com; Dr. Yanming Lu, Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall Museum, +86 25 86612230SOURCE USC Shoah Foundation Institute