Schindler’s List is a film that really doesn’t need much of an introduction from me. If you’ve seen it, you’ve seen it. If you haven’t, you probably should. Perhaps more than any other piece of moving-image media it has contributed to the “media construction” of the Holocaust for contemporary audiences, taking its place alongside Night and Fog, Shoah, The Holocaust, The Diary of Anne Frank, and joined more recently by The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. What helps distinguish Steven Spielberg’s film in terms of cultural impact is the way that it inspired him in 1994 to start The Shoah Foundation; today its Visual History Archive is “the largest digital collection of its kind in the world,” boasting more than 50,000 personal stories and 100,000 hours of video testimony about episodes of genocide from around the world. The Shoah Foundation’s new IWitness program is an interactive tool with a built-in video editor that allows students to connect with 1,300 testimonies in ways that can extend learning far beyond the feature films and documentaries they may have already seen.
In the following days we’ll be examining this incredible edtech resource and its potential applications for student research, core curriculum projects, and media literacy. But for now, thanks to the generosity of Universal Studios Home Entertainment, there are five copies of the above-pictured combo pack (which happens to include some interesting bonus features on The Shoah Foundation and IWitness). Here are the rules to claim one:
1. Double-check that you live in the U.S. or Canada.
2. Leave a thoughtful comment here (through 11:59 pm ET March 7) about either Schindler’s List, The Shoah Foundation, or any media text (including books) that deal with the Holocaust.
3. If you don’t see your comment, just contact me via email or Twitter (see below).
4. I’ll email the five winners, who’ll then be asked to provide (via me) their mailing addresses to the distributor. If I don’t hear back from you within 48 hours of notification, I’ll simply draw another name.