Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study.


Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study

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 rich variety of programming. We offer, for instance, annual programs in commemoration of Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass; every November) and Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day; every April/May). We also schedule lectures, performances, films, 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 coursework by bringing notable scholars and speakers to campus, by supporting faculty research, and by providing additional resources that enhance the study of Holocaust and genocide.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Drew University Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study is to COMMEMORATE those who perished in the Holocaust and to CELEBRATE those who survived; to EDUCATE upcoming generations to “remember for the future”; and to DEDICATE our energies to ongoing research and scholarship. The Center’s moral imperative to action is inspired by John Donne: “Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee.” Our mission includes those genocides that foreshadowed the Holocaust, those that followed it, and those that continue to erupt. As a part of Drew University, the Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study supports and abides by the mission and by-laws of the University.

Recent Programs

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On September 22, 2021, distinguished professor Dr. Arie Kruglanski gave a talk entitled “How Extremism Happens.”  He argued persuasively that the psychology of the individual plays a primary role in the rising appeal of violent movements.


On October 19, 2021, fashion historian Lucy Adlington gave a talk based on her recently published book, The Dressmakers of Auschwitz.  She retold the powerful chronicle of the women who used their sewing skills to survive the Holocaust, stitching beautiful clothes at an extraordinary fashion workshop created within one of the most notorious WWII death camps.






We Invite Your Membership

Membership not only supports Center programs and events, but also offers the opportunity to join the network of those dedicated to remembering the past and safe-guarding the future. It includes numerous occasions to meet survivors, liberators, Holocaust/genocide scholars, and educators.