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 CURRENT 
Holocaust Center Spotlights Role of Latin America as Refuge

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Mercer County Holocaust-Genocide Resource Center will provide information regarding the role Latin America played for European Jews seeking refuge from 1933 through 1945. Christina Chavarria, program coordinator at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, researched Latin America as a refuge during the Holocaust and urges that these less-familiar stories be told alongside more common tales of survivors who fled to the United States and Israel. Some 84,000 Jewish refugees escaped the Nazis by immigrating to Latin American countries between 1933 and 1945.

Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center
(2nd floor of Library Bldg., West Windsor Campus)


 UPCOMING 

Fall 2014

Saturday, October 18, 2014
MCCC Open House - 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Holocaust Center will participate in the Open House, and provide two workshops (11:15 a.m. to 12 noon and 1:15 to 2 p.m. to introduce the Holocaust and Genocide Resource center, provide information about scheduled events, and provide an interactive game that will teach participants about the Holocaust.

Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center
(2nd floor of Library Bldg., West Windsor Campus)

October 28, 2014
Survivors' Luncheon - noon to 1:15 p.m.

Hosted by Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society in collaboration with the Holocaust and Genocide Resource Center. Holocaust studies students will be partnered with survivors for an opportunity to hear life stories and to ask questions.

Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center
(2nd floor of Library Bldg., West Windsor Campus)

November (Tuesdays)
Movies related to The Holocaust and Genocides - noon

  • Nov. 4 - "Genocide in the First Half of the Century" (57 minutes) examines the history of genocide including the 1921 Tulsa Race riot, the 1923 Rosewood massacre, Stalin's forced Ukraine Famine, the Japanese Rape of Nanking and the Holocaust.
  • Nov. 11 - "World War II - The Holocaust" (58 minutes)
  • Nov. 18 - "A Promise to My Father" (56 minutes) follows Holocaust survivor Israel Arbeiter as he returns to Poland and Germany to look for items buried in 1939 in the basement of his old home. We also travel with Izzy to Treblinka death camp where his parents and younger brother were murdered, as well as other camps.
Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center
(2nd floor of Library Bldg., West Windsor Campus)

November 19, 2014
Reception and Reading with Award-Winning Children’s Author - 4:30 p.m.  > details  > recap

Rebecca Upjohn is a noted author of the children's book The Secret of the Village Fool. This story is based on the real life experience of the Zeiger family and how they were hidden during the Holocaust.

Conference Center (MC), West Windsor Campus

November 25, 2014
Second Survivors' Luncheon - noon to 1:15 p.m.

Holocaust studies students and Education majors will be partnered with survivors for an opportunity to hear life stories and to ask questions.

Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center
(2nd floor of Library Bldg., West Windsor Campus)


 PAST EVENTS 

Fall 2014

September 16, 2014
Talk on Nazi-Occupied Poland - two sessions: noon to 1 p.m. and 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

In 2013, History Professor Dr. Craig Coenen led a study tour to Poland to study the Holocaust. His presentation offers a look into what the group witnessed, the differing ways the Holocaust is understood and remembered in Poland, and the importance of Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Those interested in the May 2015 Study Abroad trip to Poland can contact Global Education Director Andrea Lynch at lyncha@mccc.edu.

Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center
(2nd floor of Library Bldg., West Windsor Campus)

Winter-Spring 2014

February 25, 2014
"Violence Awareness Day"

  • 12 noon - Screening of the film "Scream Bloody Murder," examining how the world has fallen short of stopping genocide since the Jewish Holocaust. The program looks at atrocities in Cambodia, Iraq, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur, balancing the horror by focusing on stirring figures who spoke out and spotlighting how the Internet is changing the way the world responds.
  • 4 to 6 p.m. - "Violence Against Women" Lecture/Discussion presented by speaker from Womanspace of Mercer County
    AND "Holocaust, Genocides, and Violence" exhibit of posters, photographs and representations of violence, including those created by Mercer County Community College students. This exhibit will continue until April 1, 2014.

    Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center
    (2nd floor of Library Bldg., West Windsor Campus)

    "Movies at Noon"

    March 4, 2014 - 12 noon -- Only a Number
    a true story of a holocaust survivor struggle to survive, love and remember

    March 11, 2014 - 12 noon -- Defiance
    war refugees become freedom fighters

    March 25, 2014 - 12 noon -- Sarah's Key
    July 1942 France a 10 year old is arrested but first hides her brother

    Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center
    (2nd floor of Library Bldg., West Windsor Campus)

    April 22, 2014 - 4 to 6 p.m.
    Exhibit and Guest Speaker  > details

    To commemorate Yom Hashoah -- April 28, the day of remembrance of victims of the Holocaust -- the Jerry Cascione Exhibit and the Warsaw sketches will be on display until August 2014.

    The Jerry Casciano exhibit, "Surviving the Plan," contains 20 photographs that were taken in the ruins of Auschwitz, Treblinka, and the Warsaw Ghetto, along with 10 photos of survivors. All of the survivors depicted in the exhibit are New Jersey residents.

    A survivor, Dr. Vera Goodkin, will be guest speaker from 4 to 5 p.m.

    Dr. Goodkin and her parents escaped to Budapest, Hungary, after they were betrayed in their hiding place in Czechoslovakia in 1944. Their escape to Budapest led them through muddy fields late on a cold, rainy night. They ultimately survived only with the help of the famous rescuer, Raoul Wallenberg.

    Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center
    (2nd floor of Library Bldg., West Windsor Campus)

    May 6, 2014 - 4:30 p.m.
    A Global Journey Through Music and Discussion

    Vocalists will present several songs that are representative of the Holocaust and the Genocides.   > recap
    A reception will follow.

    Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center
    (2nd floor of Library Bldg., West Windsor Campus)

    Fall 2013

    September 10, 2013 - 1 to 3 p.m.
    Panel Discussion: 150th anniversary of Emancipation Proclamation

    Diverse views and perspectives will examine the Emancipation Proclamation from its historical significance to social and racial impact, present and future, as well as problems remaining. > details   > recap

    Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center
    (2nd floor of Library Bldg., West Windsor Campus)

    October 10, 2013 - 12 noon
    "Movies at Noon" -- Bent

    The HGRC in collaboration with MCCC clubs Kappa Delta Pi, The Future Teachers, and LGBTF will present and discuss "Bent," a movie that depicts the experience of homosexuals during the Holocaust. This is one of the first in a series of educational movies that will be presented on Thursday at noon in the Holocaust Center. > details

    Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center
    (2nd floor of Library Bldg., West Windsor Campus)

    October 15, 2013 - 4 p.m.
    Panel Discussion: Human Trafficking - a Violation of Human Freedom

    With the Super Bowl expected to bring an influx of thousands of people into New Jersey, the state will be at an increased vulnerability to human trafficking. New Jersey is already a prime location for domestic and international human trafficking because of its central location between the New York metropolitan area and the tri-state metropolitan region of Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. It is the most densely populated state in the U.S. and has the third highest proportion of foreign born residents at nearly 20 percent. A panel of experts will discuss human trafficking. > details

    Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center
    (2nd floor of Library Bldg., West Windsor Campus)

    October 29, 2013 - 12 noon and 4 p.m.
    Bullying Awareness Day; Viewing of the Documentary Bully

    The HGRC in collaboration with the clubs KDP and FTC will show the documentary "Bully" and also display posters and hand out information on how to prevent bullying. A fundraiser will support victims of abuse at HomeFront. Finally, we will host a presentation by the people from the Kids-bridge museum at TCNJ. > details

    Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center
    (2nd floor of Library Bldg., West Windsor Campus)

    November 12, 2013 - 4 p.m.
    Kristallnacht 75th Anniversary Program of Remembrance

    * 2 Professional Development Hours Provided
    The year 2013 marks the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht. Because of the significance of this anniversary, we are presenting a program of remembrance that will include a survivor, a film and a musical interlude. > register

    Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center
    (2nd floor of Library Bldg., West Windsor Campus)

    December 4, 2013 - 4 to 6 p.m.
    International Education Workshop: "How is the Holocaust Taught in Russia"

    * 2 Professional Development Hours Provided
    Participants will have the opportunity to hear a presentation and engage in dialogue with Dr. Ilya Atlman, Director of Moscow Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center. > register

    Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center
    (2nd floor of Library Bldg., West Windsor Campus)

    Winter-Spring 2013

    April 9, 2013 - 4:30 p.m.
    Lecture: Holocaust Survivor and MCCC Professor Emeritus

    Dr. Vera Goodkin, professor emeritus at Mercer County Community College who escaped the Holocaust with the help of famed rescuer Raoul Wallenberg, will offer a presentation in observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day. > details

    Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center
    (2nd floor of Library Bldg., West Windsor Campus)

    March 7, 2013 - 4:30 p.m.
    Professional Development Workshop

    The descendant of a Holocaust survivor, Josh Besserman, will offer a professional development workshop on using the documentary film “Only a Number” in Holocaust curriculum. > details

    Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center
    (2nd floor of Library Bldg., West Windsor Campus)

    February 13, 2013 - 4:30 p.m.
    Lecture: Jasha Levi, Author and Holocaust Survivor

    The community is invited to a lecture by author and Holocaust survivor Jasha Levi. Now 90 years old, Mr. Levi will recall his life as an anti-Nazi student revolutionary and anti-Soviet protestor, as well as his career path as a foreign reporter and then an American laborer, draftsman, sales clerk, and executive of two national non-profits. > details   > event recap

    Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center
    (2nd floor of Library Bldg., West Windsor Campus)

    January 31, 2013 - 6 p.m.
    Open House and Film Screening

    The film "Children of Terror" will be shown at 7:30 p.m., followed by a Q&A with the producer, Rider University Professor Dr. Shawn Kildea. > details

    Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center
    (2nd floor of Library Bldg., West Windsor Campus)

    Fall 2012

    October 3, 2012 - 4:30 p.m.
    Learn about the Bangladeshi Genocide from survivor and Mercer County resident, Dr. Nuran Nabi. The Bangladesh liberation war was bloody. Three million people were killed, thousands of women were raped, and ten million people were forced to become refugees. And yet, the war criminals responsible for these atrocities have never been brought to justice. > details

    October 11, 2012 - 4:30 p.m.
    Participate in OUCH: Your Silence Hurts! and learn how to go from being a bystander to being an upstander in the face of everyday bias, prejudice and hatred. This is a great session for students and teachers. > details

    October 17, 2012 - 4:30 p.m.
    Join us for the grand opening of BESA: Muslim Albanian Rescuers of the Holocaust. This international exhibit features the photographs and biographies of the brave men and women who valued honor in the face of adversity, hiding their Jewish neighbors from Nazi invaders during World War II. We are proud to partner with the Muslim Student Association of Mercer County Community College for this event. > details

    November 13, 2012 - 4:30 p.m.
    Commemorate Kristallnacht with A Day to Remember: Survivors and Recipes. Mercer County Community College Culinary Arts Professor Frank Benowitz will cook up traditional Ashkenazi dishes as we review recipes and survivor stories from “The Holocaust Survivor Cookbook.“ > details

    Spring 2012

    February 1, 2012 - 4 to 7:30 p.m.
    Open House

    The community is invited. Guests will meet the co-directors and learn more about the facility's resources and programming. K-12 educators will find materials to assist them in teaching about the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides. > details

    Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center
    (2nd floor of Library Bldg., West Windsor Campus)

    February 29, 2012 - 4:30 p.m.
    Shake Hands with the Devil

    Eugenie Mukeshimana, survivor of the Rwandan Genocide, will lead us in a discussion of Romeo Dallaire’s powerful indictment of the UN and those world superpowers that turned a blind eye to the Rwandan massacre. > details

    Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center
    (2nd floor of Library Bldg., West Windsor Campus)

    March 28, 2012 - 4:30 p.m.
    Echoes & Reflections

    A powerful 21st Century resource created by the ADL to connect Holocaust education to current curriculum and academic standards using interactive web-based technology. Participants will receive an underwritten copy of this award-winning curriculum. > details   -- registration required

    Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center
    (2nd floor of Library Bldg., West Windsor Campus)

    April 4, 2012 - 4:30 p.m.
    War Horse

    How can a book (or a play, or a movie) teach peace? Learn about how contemporary fiction can be used to teach tolerance and respect in the classroom from veteran educators Elizabeth DeGiorgio (MCHGRC Co-Director and Education Professor, MCCC) and Lisa O’Neill (MCHGRC Advisory Commission Member and Guidance Counselor, Steinert HS). > details

    Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center
    (2nd floor of Library Bldg., West Windsor Campus)

    April 18, 2012 - 7 p.m.
    Only a Number

    Congregation Beth Chaim, 329 Village Rd E., Princeton Jct., NJ 08550
    Mercer County honors Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) with a FREE screening of one New Jersey survivor’s story. Discussion with the filmmaker, Steve Besserman, to follow. Only a Number, Besserman’s own mother’s biography, has won multiple film festival awards and is now being used in classrooms across the Garden State.

    May 15, 2012 - 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Annual Professional Development Workshop

    Teaching Holocaust/Genocide while fulfilling NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards: Reinvigorate your classroom with exciting ideas and fresh lesson plans!

    Conference Center, West Windsor Campus

    Fall 2011

    November 15, 2011 - 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
    Lecture on the book Night

    The community is invited to an important talk by Dr. Mary Johnson, author and senior historian with Facing History and Ourselves, who will host a vibrant discussion on one of the most commonly used books cited in New Jersey’s Holocaust education curriculum, “Night,” by Elie Wiesel. > details

    To register for this lecture, click here.

    Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center
    (2nd floor of Library Bldg., West Windsor Campus)

    October 27, 2011 - noon
    Lecture: "South Sudan: Destruction and Rebirth"

    The community is invited to this free lecture by retired Woodbridge Township Police Lt. Herbert Williams, a specialist in the training of police officers and intelligence professionals, who will tell about his international experience in Africa. > details

    Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center
    (2nd floor of Library Bldg., West Windsor Campus)

    Spring 2011

    February 16, 2011 - 4:30 p.m.
    Book Discussion on The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II

    The community is invited to join in a conversation about the Iris Chang controversial bestseller published in 1997.

    Professor Saul Goldwasser, Director of the Mercer County Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center, notes, "We will look at the filters of national and political interests that impact the maintenance of historical records. We will also talk about bias in the media and in cultural memory with regard to history, government, language arts, and sociology. What is the appropriate response to atrocities of such magnitude? How are subsequent generations expected to process events such as these and incorporate them into their national identity?" > details

    Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center
    (2nd floor of Library Bldg., West Windsor Campus)

    February 22, 2011 - 1 p.m.
    Screening of the documentary film The Rape of Nanking

    (associated with the February 16 book discussion -- see above)

    event details

    Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center
    (2nd floor of Library Bldg., West Windsor Campus)

    May 17, 2011 - 8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
    Annual teachers Workshop at the Conference Center, Mercer County Community College, West Windsor Campus:

    Topic: "When Controversy Enters the Classroom: From Stereotyping to Bullying."

    Early Registration call State of NJ Commission on Holocaust Education, 609-292-9274

    Fall 2010

    October 11 - November 5, 2010
    Photography Exhibit on the Holocaust and Genocide

    "From the Warsaw Ghetto to Darfur" > details

    The Gallery, in the CM Building, West Windsor Campus

    November 17, 2010 - 4:30 p.m.
    Roundtable Discussion of the Arthur Miller Book Focus

    The community is invited to join in a conversation about the book, first released in 1945, and explore anti-Semitism in America during the waning days of World War II. > details

    Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center
    (2nd floor of Library Bldg., West Windsor Campus)

    November 23, 2010 - 1 p.m.
    Screening of the Film Version of the Arthur Miller Book Focus

    Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center
    (2nd floor of Library Bldg., West Windsor Campus)

    Spring 2010

    April 21, 2010 - 4:30 to 6 p.m.
    Open Discussion and Analysis of Hollywood World War II Film, Defiance

    This event is open to all students, faculty, and members of the community.

    In addition, a showing of the film will take place on Tuesday, April 20 at 12 noon, also in the Center.

    Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center
    (2nd floor of Library Bldg., West Windsor Campus)

    May 18, 2010 starting at 8:30 a.m.
    Annual Spring Teachers Workshop

    Tentative Title: From a Child's Perspective: A World Without Prejudice

    The Center's annual workshop is attended by Mercer County teachers as well as teachers throughout the state, K-12. Addressing bias, prejudice and intolerance reduction, this year's theme will highlight the life of educator, physician, administrator Janusz Korczak, moral leader during WW II and the Holocaust.

    Conference Center, West Windsor Campus

    Spring 2008

    Tuesday, April 15, 2008
    Annual Film Festival

    Film: SAND AND SORROW a Darfur Documentary narrated by George Clooney with Elie Wiesel. NY Times Columnist Nicholas Kristof, Harvard Professor Samantha Power and Barack Obama. Shown at noon in CM 109 on the West Windsor Campus of Mercer County Community College. Free and Open to the Public

    Thursday, April 17, 2008
    Annual Center Lecture

    Professor Emeritus Irving Louis Horowitz
    University Professor & Hannah Arendt Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Political Science - Rutgers University

    GENOCIDE: Twenty-First Century Variations on the Theme of Genocide

    Lecture at noon in CM 109 on the West Windsor Campus of Mercer County Community College. Prof. Horowitz's book, Taking Lives: Genocide and State Power (5th edition) may be purchased in the college bookstore. Lecture is free and open to the public.

    Wednesday, May 28, 2008
    Annual Holocaust/Genocide Workshop

    This year's topic: BYSTANDER TO UPSTANDER: HOW TO ENCOURAGE POSTIVE ACTION

    Starting at 9:00 A.M. in the Conference, MCCC, West Windsor Campus. Followed by a late afternoon session starting at 4:30 PM. Open to all interested parties.

    Workshops are free and open to all NJ teachers. Late afternoon session continues and is open to all Mercer County teachers and others. Lunch and dinner served. Sponsored by Mercer County Holocaust/Genocide Center in conjunction with the Mercer County NJ Teachers' Association and the State of New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education. Five professional development hours are available to teachers.

    For further information, contact Dr. Paul Winkler:

    http://www.holocaust@doe.state.nj.us





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