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chandu



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2005 12:06 am    Post subject: Spielberg's Holocaust Archive in USC Reply with quote

Steven Spielberg's voluminous archive documenting the lives of Holocaust survivors has merged with the University of Southern California.

The Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation officially became part of USC's College of Letters, Arts and Sciences on Thursday after years of negotiations.

USC promises to preserve and propagate the archive, which includes 52,000 videotaped life histories, all of them digitized. The university will fund the $5 million annual budget.

"I've been the lightning rod of this foundation since its inception, and there is a prejudice against figureheads in Hollywood," said Spielberg, a USC trustee. As part of a university, "the Shoah Foundation will be taken much more seriously throughout the world."

Spielberg started the Shoah foundation on the set of the 1993 movie "Schindler's List," which told the story of Czech businessman Oskar Schindler, who exploited Jewish labor during World War II but also saved more than 1,000 lives during the Holocaust. Shoah is Hebrew for "calamity."

The archive is viewable on computer systems at universities including USC, Rice, Yale and the University of Michigan. Portions also are available to museums, research institutions and schools worldwide.
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Kaabi



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2005 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, it's definately easier to find things when they are all concentrated in one spot. Did that organization really start on the set of Schindler's List? That's just hard for me to believe. Good movie though; really touching and showed the life of Schindler well. I watched a movie about Spielberg's organization, and he wanted to document all the survivors' testimonies before they passed on. It was a good idea, because not many of them are left nowadays.
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