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Teaching with Testimony: a new virtual tool for teachers and students

Designed by USC Shoah Foundation and Discovery Education, this new educational program draws upon a library of audiovisual testimonies and provides activities to engage students with the Armenian genocide

USC Shoah Foundation – the Institute for Visual History and Education, an organization that works in collaboration with the University of South Carolina to preserve the memory of the Holocaust and other genocides through audio-visual interviews, has partnered with Discovery Education to create Teaching with Testimony. This new educational program unlocks the powerful classroom potential of testimony by drawing upon USC Shoah Foundation's vast library of audiovisual testimony from survivors and witnesses of genocides.

Among the tools offered by Teaching with Testimony, there is a virtual field trip on the often-overlooked tragedy of the Armenian genocide. The virtual field trip is accessible at this link: https://www.teachingwithtestimony.com/virtual-field-trip-armenian

The virtual field trip comprises a number of firsthand stories of anti-hate advocates working to preserve the legacy of the victims and survivors of the Armenian Genocide, a recorded Q&A, and a downloadable Educator Guide with hands-on activities designed to prepare students for themes introduced in the VFT and extend the learning after watching with a class discussion about the power of story.

The tool is a great initiative to spark timely discussions with students about the need to speak out and actively counter hate in their communities.

10 May 2021

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Metz Yeghern

the genocide of the Armenians

In the framework of first world war (1914-1918), in the area of the Ottoman Empire, in Turkey, we witness the unfolding of the genocide of the Armenian people (1915 – 1923), the first of the Twentieth century. Through it the government of the "Young Turks", which seized power in 1908, carried out the elimination of the Armenian ethnic group, which has inhabited the Anatolic area since the Seventh century b.C..
In the memory of the Armenian people, and also according to the historian's estimates, two thirds of the Armenians of the Ottoman Empire, nearly 1,500,000 people, perished. Many were the children forced to convert to Islam and the women sent to the harems. The deportation and extermination of 1915 were preceded by the pogroms of 1894-96 planned by Sultan Abdul Hamid II and by those of 1909 carried out by the government of the "Young Turks".

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