Stephen Smith

Stephen Smith

Stephen D. Smith is Finci-Viterbi executive director of the USC Shoah Foundation.

Antisemitism Is on the Rise, So Let’s Get Closer

If we want to feel safer, billboards won’t help. We must double down on what makes us special — our loyalty to one another, our fierce sense of identity, our confidence and trust in one another.

This is Our Revenge

Seventy-seven years after the end of the Shoah, the Nazis are long gone, but we were all there to celebrate a new Jewish family being formed. If there was ever an act of revenge, this was it.  

Echoes of the Holodomor

What we are seeing unfolding in Ukraine should be of no surprise. It is an old school extension of the twentieth century. Putin is reprising Stalin’s playbook in Ukraine: occupy it, use its resources, repress its people, make them feel just Russian enough that they don’t fight back.

Remembering the Tulsa Race Massacre

Encountering “Mother Fletcher” and “Mother Randle”—107-year-old Viola Fletcher and 106-year-old Lessie Beddingfiled Randle—this weekend in Tulsa, Oklahoma, gave an entirely new meaning to the word “survivor.”

A Little Ray of Hope in Los Angeles

In a world in which we see so much division and hatred, it was a heartwarming moment of reassurance that when one child is missing, everyone’s child is missing.  


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