Holocaust Studies explores questions raised by the Third Reich’s attempt to destroy Jews
CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY
For students of all backgrounds and academic interests, this minor focuses on the Holocaust or Shoah, the systematic attempt from 1933 to 1945 to annihilate the Jewish people.
You will develop life skills, starting with a discerning view of the concept of “otherness.” This study stimulates self-reflection, self-confrontation and forces us to face the question “What would I have done? Would I have had the resources to survive?” Critical thinking is sharpened and you will become more sensitive to the injustices happening around us, as well as learning how to respond.
Scholars, psychologists, artists, theologians, historians, educators and political and social scientists have increasingly addressed the study of the Holocaust. How did it happen? What has the Holocaust taught us about ourselves?
Although Jews were clearly the central targets of Nazi persecution, other groups were targeted as well. We incorporate an historical awareness of this extended mosaic of victims to pursue broad moral and political issues.
Minors are encouraged to participate in international study, choosing from at least three Drew International Seminars on the Holocaust in Germany and Poland.
I’m working on a new book about the history of heretics, their books and their excommunications, from Spinoza to Rav Kook, Mordecai Kaplan to the “Zoo Rabbi.” I’m also an ordained rabbi, and served synagogues in Boston and Montreal.
Ph.D., Harvard University
I’m working on a study of Winston Churchill’s literary career. (Indeed, he even published a novel.) I’d say I take great satisfaction in writing, in making words do things on the page.
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Professor emerita of psychology & director
I have been teaching Holocaust courses since 1990. My particular interest is exploring the interface between psychology and Holocaust studies.
Ph.D., CUNY Graduate Center
the dimensions of evil and the moral outlook for the future in “Perspectives on the Holocaust”