From the Holocaust to Social Justice

Joachim Prinz
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March 13, 2018 – Through documentary films and talks, the Drew University Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study is examining how Holocaust survivors and refugees became civil rights advocates in the U.S.

Three events, under the theme, “From the Holocaust to Social Justice,” will take place in March and April. Here’s a closer look:

March 19 – Joachim Prinz: I Shall Not be Silent
This documentary features the story of a rabbi from Germany who became a leader in the U.S. civil rights movement and spoke just before the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the March on Washington in 1963. A film screening will be followed by a talk with filmmakers Rachel Fisher and Rachel Pasternak.
4 p.m., Room 106, Dorothy Young Center for the Arts

March 26 – From Swastika to Jim Crow

This documentary compares Nazism in Germany to racism in America. A film screening will be followed by a talk by Dr. Lillie Edwards, professor emerita at Drew.
4 p.m., Room 106, Dorothy Young Center for the Arts

April 2 – Talk by Dr. Sue Lederman

Dr. Sue Lederman, professor emerita at Kean University, will share her story of being a child hidden during the Holocaust and how it inspired her commitment to community activism.
4 p.m., Room 106, Dorothy Young Center for the Arts

For more information about the events, please click here.

About the Center

Founded in 1992 through a grant from the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education, the Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study offers a variety of events. We schedule—as permanent anchors in our programming—an annual November conference in memory of Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass) and an annual Yom HaShoah (Day of Remembrance) commemoration. We also offer films, lectures, performances, workshops and commemorative events dealing with the Holocaust and with other genocides such as those in Armenia, Bosnia, Cambodia, Darfur and Rwanda. We enrich Drew’s undergraduate and graduate course work by bringing notable scholars and speakers to campus, organizing visits to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and providing additional resources that enhance the study of Holocaust and genocide. We also support faculty research. For example, we commissioned an English translation of a German text dealing with Nazi slave labor camps. All events are open to the larger community.

About Drew University

Drew, a Phi Beta Kappa liberal arts university, includes the College of Liberal Arts, the Drew Theological School and the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. Drew is located on a beautiful, wooded, 186-acre campus in Madison, New Jersey, a thriving small town close to New York City. It has total enrollment of more than 2,000 students and 145 full-time faculty members, 94% of whom hold the terminal degree in their field. The Theological and Caspersen schools offer MA and PhD degrees and the College of Liberal Arts confers BA degrees in more than 30 disciplines.

Drew is dedicated to exceptional faculty mentorship, a commitment to connecting the campus with the community and a focus on experiential learning. Particularly noteworthy opportunities for undergraduates include the Charles A. Dana Research Institute for Scientists Emeriti (RISE), home of 2015 Nobel Prize Winner for Medicine and Drew Fellow William Campbell, the Drew Summer Science Institute (DSSI), the Center for Civic Engagement, New York City Semesters focusing on Wall Street, the United Nations, Contemporary Art, Theatre, Social Entrepreneurship and Communications and Media and several international semester programs. Drew also houses the Center on Religion, Culture & Conflict, the Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study and The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, an independent professional theater, as well as the United Methodist Archives and History Center and one of the country’s leading concentrations of materials on Willa Cather.

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