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Mercer County Holocaust-Genocide Resource Center to Add Rotating Exhibits This Year


West Windsor, N.J. – Elizabeth DeGiorgio, co-director of the Mercer County Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center (MCHGRC), has returned to the West Windsor campus at Mercer County Community College bursting with ideas.

DeGiorgio, an associate professor of Education, attended a two-day workshop entitled “Holocaust and Human Behavior”at Stockton University in July. The seminar topics included studying history within the context of human behavior, the development of ethical and moral responses in the classroom, and integration of Holocaust survivor testimonies in the classroom.

“I learned so much and got so many great ideas for what we can do with our inside space and the halfway outside the center,” she said, noting that many students pass along the MCHGRC hallway en route to the Bookstore, the Learning Center and the Testing Center.

Last year, the Holocaust Center hosted two luncheons that brought together MCCC students and Holocaust survivors. The Center will host two luncheons this year as well.

DeGiorgio has already posted the first exhibit, which runs through the end of August. Through photos and text, it depicts the genocide of a group of gypsy prisoners housed in a Nazi camp in 1944 who attempted to resist, only to be sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp.  August 2 was the official date commemorating their resistence.

DeGiorgio plans to change out exhibits every month and to use the hallway to display posters and share other materials that were generously provided at the Stockton seminar.

"Our goal is to reach as many people as possible -- our students first and foremost -- about the lessons we can learn from history and the ways we can make our lives and the lives of those around us better through tolerance and understanding," DeGiorgio said, adding that MCHGRC also serves as a resource for public school teachers throughout the region.

MCHGRC is located on MCCC's West Windsor campus on the second floor of the library building next to the Bookstore. DeGiorgio's co-director is community member Edie Sarafine.

DeGiorgio invites faculty members to utilize MCHGRC as a resource for their lessons and to encourage their students to visit the center often.  A full schedule of fall events will be announced in September following a meeting of the Center's Advisory Commission.

For more information and event updates, visit the MCHGRC website here.

Mercer County Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center

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