Founded in 1992 through a generous grant from the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education, the Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study organizes and sponsors a wide variety of programs. We offer, for instance, an annual event every November in memory of Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass) and an annual spring event in commemoration of Yom HaShoah (Day of Remembrance). We also schedule films, lectures, performances, workshops, discussions, and other events dealing with the Holocaust and with genocides such as those in Armenia, Bosnia, Cambodia, Darfur, and Rwanda.
We enrich Drew’s undergraduate and graduate course work by bringing notable scholars and speakers to campus, by organizing visits to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, by supporting faculty research, and by providing additional resources that enhance the study of Holocaust and genocide.
All events are open to the public.
On April 24, 2017, Holocaust Survivor David Tuck shared his story with Drew University for Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. Mr. Tuck was born in Poland and labored in a series of concentration camps – including a sub-camp of Auschwitz. His hardships were substantial, but he once said, “if you have life, you have hope” and “As long as I’m alive, I’m going to keep doing this.”
On October 27, 2016, the Center was honored to have longtime associate Hedy Brasch share her first-hand experiences during the Holocaust. Her powerful talk detailed how she and her family were first deported from Hungary to the “world of evil” that is Auschwitz and then later to concentration camp Bergen-Belsen, which she barely survived.
On September 12, 2016, Dr. Gregory H. Stanton, Research Professor in Genocide Studies and Prevention at George Mason University, discussed the recent decision by the U.S. to describe ISIS’s actions in Syria and Iraq as “genocide” and about the political importance of genocide recognition.
On November 12, 2015, the Center organized a conference commemorating Kristallnacht in honor of the 70th anniversary of the international Military Tribunal at Nuremberg, “From Nuremberg to The Hague: The Evolution of War Crimes Trials.” Our speakers were Prof. Devin Pendas, Boston College, Prof. Lawrence Douglas, Amherst College and Elizabeth Turchi, Esq., Director of the Kean University Human Rights Institute.
On October 21, 2015, Selma Tennenbaum Rossen, hidden as a child in Poland during the Holocaust,
spoke about her experiences in a Center program at Drew University’s Brothers College.
To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide on April 25, 2015, the Center held a planting of Forget-Me-Not seedlings at Drew University’s Seminary Hall Garden