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Holocaust and Genocide Studies


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Holocaust and Genocide Studies

409 Main Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
Call: (610) 436-2972

Holocaust and Genocide Studies



West Chester University has been a pioneer in Holocaust Studies since 1978 when an undergraduate course on the Holocaust was first offered. The program now includes a Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, a certification program, an undergraduate minor, a regional education center, and a library collection.

The demand for Holocaust and Genocide Studies has grown over the past 20 years. Five states are now mandating that the subject be taught in the schools, and seven states -- including Pennsylvania -- are recommending inclusion in school curricula. It is expected that more states will institute such requirements. Thus, teachers and librarians are seeking more information and instruction. Furthermore, the end of the 20th century saw an explosion of new scholarship and new perspectives on the Holocaust. This scholarship is reinforced by the desire of survivors and those who lived through WWII to educate future generations and to bear witness to the fact that the Holocaust did happen.

Subsequent episodes of genocide in the modern world generate a continuing need for education and a demand for teaching resources. As a public, comprehensive university that has been training teachers for more than a century, West Chester University is able to provide excellent scholarly and pedagogical resources to students, teachers, and the community.

2018-2019 Holocaust and Genocide Studies Newsletter

Events for Spring 2019

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

"Sport - Religion - Politics"
Dr. Marcia Sachs Littell, Professor Emeritus in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Stockton University; Dr. Asaf Romirowsky, Executive Director of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, and Betsy Rentz, Special Education teacher and Israel Advocate will speak on the intersection of sport, religion, and politics.

Location: West Chester University, Schmucker Science Link (SSL 151), on Church Street, West Chester, PA 19838 (parking available next to Admission Center, 100 W Rosedale Ave)
Time: 3:30 pm

“The Holocaust in Popular Culture and Public History: A Forum on the 25th Anniversary of Schindler’s List and the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation” 
This symposium brings together scholars Igor Kotler (current President of the Rutgers University affiliated Museum of Human Rights), Rachel Lithgow (Executive Vice-President of Beit Hatfutsot –Tel Aviv’s Museum of the History of the Jewish People), Gregory Kendrick (Retired Director of the Freshman Cluster Program and Adjunct Professor of History at UCLA), and James Lichti (History Teacher at the Milken Community School in Los Angeles) in a discussion of Holocaust research, education, and representation twenty-five years after Schindler’s List.

Location: West Chester University Sykes Theater
Time: 6:30 pm


Brittany Grim presents paper at International Genocide Conference in Siena, Italy
Brittany Grim

West Chester University Holocaust and Genocide graduate student, Brittany Grim, presented a paper ("Reexamining the Hamidian Massacre, 1894-1896, using Gregory Stanton's Eight Stages of Genocide") at the 10th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Genocide Scholars in Siena, Italy in June 2013.

Dr. Gregory Stanton (Founder and President of Genocide Watch) was at the venue and attended Brittany's session. Brittany had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Stanton about her paper and about opportunities with Genocide Watch. Since the conference, Brittany has been working as an intern for Genocide Watch making website updates.

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