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Shoah Foundation


Basic Information

Location 34.02051°N 118.28563°W
Country United States
City Los Angeles

General Information

Open to visitors yes
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility no
Website http://sfi.usc.edu/
Geographical Coordinates 34.02052,-118.28562


Shoah foundations are organizations that are formed to further the remembrance of the Holocaust of World War II. There are currently two major foundations that are internationally active.

Major Shoah Foundations

In 1994, Steven Spielberg founded the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation (original title), a nonprofit organization established to record testimonies in video format of survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust. Between 1994 and 1999, the Foundation conducted nearly 52,000 interviews in 56 countries and in 32 languages. Interviewees included Jewish survivors, Jehovah's Witness survivors, homosexual survivors, liberators and liberation witnesses, political prisoners, rescuers and aid providers, Roma and Sinti survivors, survivors of Eugenics policies, and war crimes trials participants. On September 20, 2005, the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation and the University of Southern California (USC) entered into an agreement to transfer the net assets and control over the Foundation's Board of Directors to USC in return for the guarantee of the preservation of the archive in perpetuity and the accommodation to continue the Foundation's mission.

Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah was formed in 2000, with recovered money from the property taken from French Jews during World War II. The Foundation’s mission is to support projects in all areas of history and research into the Shoah, education and transmission, memory, solidarity and Jewish culture. The Foundation is often represented internationally by their Présidente d’honneur, Mme. Simone Veil, a survivor of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp who later became the first directly elected President of the European Parliament.

The DNA Shoah Project has started a genetic database of people whose family members - grandparents, aunts, cousins - were victims of the Holocaust. The Shoah Project aims to collect at least 10,000 samples and has been traveling throughout the United States collecting DNA swabs from Holocaust survivors. Although it currently only has 1,000 samples, the Project is intended to reunite living family members and eventually help identify anonymous remains which may still lie in anonymous graves throughout Europe.

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