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 November 9, 2022, Dr. Monica Strauss gave a talk in commemoration of Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass).  The talk was entitled “From Hearsay to History: Uncovering a Jewish Family’s Life in Pre-War Austria and Poland.”  Dr. Strauss discussed her journey of discovery into the history of her family in pre-war Poland and Austria.  She also spoke about her use of an online blog to share the story with a larger public.

On October 12, 2022, Dr. Joshua Kavaloski, director of the Center, gave a talk about four recent graphic novels which explore Anne Frank’s life and diary.  While some of these works are quite simple and straightforward, he argued, others of them demonstrate a nuanced approach that emphasizes the incompleteness of Anne Frank’s life and the multiple facets of her personality.

On September 15, 2022, political scientist Dr. Ashley Jardina gave a talk based on her recently published book, White Identity Politics. Dr. Jardina drew on her own research to help us understand how white grievance has become central to national politics, with alarming consequences for the future of our democracy.


The Drew University Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study has sponsored three separate writing workshops, each of which ended up as a publication.  They are available here:

In 1999-2001, there was a Leave-a-Legacy Writing Workshop for Holocaust Survivors, and it resulted in the volume, Moments in Time: A Collage of Holocaust Memories.

In 2018-2019, a series of writing workshops was offered for the children of Holocaust survivors, and the resulting stories were published in the 2019 volume, Second Generation: Seventeen Holocaust Essays.

In 2019, another series of writing workshops was offered for the children of Holocaust survivors, and the results were published in the 2021 volume, From Generation to Generation: Essays by Children of Holocaust Survivors.

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.