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 Thursday, November 12, 2015, we held our annual 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 Wednesday, 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 Saturday, April 25, 2015 the Center held a planting of Forget-Me-Not seedlings at Drew University’s Seminary Hall Garden
On April 23, 2014 we had a film screening of René and I, a 75-minute documentary film that tells the story of young twins René and Irene, who spent more than a year in Auschwitz under the notorious Dr. Josef Mengele. Of the 3,000 twins experimented on by Mengele and other Nazi doctors, only 160 survived. While this documentary is the story of the Nazi racial state and the Holocaust, it is also a story of love and courage, of the complexity of the human psyche and of the resilience of the human spirit. Irene and René’s story provides unique insight into the childhood experiences during the Third Reich. Their experiences show the impact on young people and their families.
Film screening was followed by a Q & A with special guest speakers: Irene Hizme, whose story is told in René and I,and Leora Kahn, Executive Producer.
On April 16, 2014 we had a program to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide: “Twenty Years after the Genocide in Rwanda: A Survivor Reflects on the Journey Back from the Abyss”
Eugenie Mukeshimana was a young adult and 8 months pregnant when the genocide broke in Rwanda in 1994. Bearing her first child during the genocide, Eugenie understands the impact of the genocide on mothers and widows who did the unimaginable to save their children. Consequently, she can also relate to the challenges they faced and continue to struggle with after the genocide, and the impact of their personal experiences on family members they care for. (To see more information on Eugenie, check Past Events).
Director Emerita Dr. Ann Saltzman is congratulated on receiving the Sister Rose Thering Award from NJ Commission on Holocaust Education from the organization’s executive director, Dr. Paul Winkler (center) and chair, Phil Kirschner (right).