MCCC's Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Center Announces Fall Semester Events


West Windsor, N.J. – As the Mercer County Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Center (HGHREC) announces its programming for the fall semester, MCCC Professor of History Dr. Craig Coenen, who directs the center with community member Edie Serafine, says that upcoming events are designed to inform, challenge and enlighten students and the community.

“Our group is deeply committed to enhancing awareness of human rights violations and the need for social justice,” Coenen said. “In looking back on significant historical events, we can gain a deeper understanding of the need for civility among people with different perspectives and for speaking up against hatred. It’s an important focus for Mercer students, as well as younger students and community members.”

Coenen added that MCCC is an appropriate environment for such activities. “Mercer has earned a well-deserved reputation for its inclusive environment and a diverse student body that thrives cooperatively.”

All events start at 12 noon in the Holocaust Center (LB200) unless otherwise noted.

The Holocaust Center is located on the second floor of the Library Building on Mercer County Community College’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. Events are free and open to the public.


Thursday, Sept. 12: Student Roundtable Discussion—Crime and Punishment in the United States

Tuesday, Sept. 24: Prof. Laura Knight, Dr. Jack Tabor, and Dr. Craig Coenen, “Poland and the Holocaust—Reflections on Mercer’s Four Study Abroad Trips to Eastern Europe, 2013-2019.”


Tuesday, Oct. 15— Film: Only a Number. Local filmmaker Steve Besserman tells the story of his parents who survived the Holocaust.

Tuesday, Oct. 22—Holocaust Survivor, Al Hepner, “Avrumele: Recollections of a Hidden Child.”

Tuesday, Oct. 29—Student Roundtable Discussion, What is an American?


Thursday, Nov. 7—Kristallnacht Remembrance: A discussion and moment of reflection on the Nazi pogrom in 1938.

Thursday, Nov. 14—Holocaust Survivors’ luncheon with Dr. Vera Goodkin

Tuesday, Nov. 19— Dr. Craig R. Coenen, “Eight Days in Auschwitz, 2019.”


Thursday, Dec, 5— Student Roundtable Discussion, The Second Amendment

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Students attending the Holocaust Center's program with Holocaust Survivor, Vera Goodkin