The Holocaust Resource Center

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The Holocaust Resource Center

Instead of letting the tragedy paralyze, the Holocaust Resource Center seeks to use it for the dissemination of knowledge. 

Caleb Lopez, Senior Editor

The Holocaust Resource Center (HRC) specializes in reflecting on the Holocaust and extracting valuable lessons from it. Instead of letting the tragedy paralyze, the center seeks to use it for the dissemination of knowledge. 

The HRC spreads information and awareness about the Holocaust by compiling history from numerous individuals. It offers an annual lecture series, a graduate course for teachers and an oral history program. These services permit for increased learning of the Holocaust and all its history. 

The annual lecture series is free and is available not only to Kean students, staff and faculty but also to high school students, teachers and residents from all over.

Renowned lecturers often partake in the lecture series at the HRC. Such lecturers include theologians, scholars, and survivors who are well-versed in the history of the Holocaust. 

The graduate course for teachers is another free service offered by the HRC. This course abides with the center's goal to equip teachers with the an all-around knowledge of the Holocaust.

The course titled "Teaching the Holocaust" was first offered in 1983, and it has continued to expand in enrollment over the years. A follow-up course, "Teaching Prejudice Reduction", was created in 1989 after such a massive influx of students attended the previous course. Once again, the enrollment in this course continued to increase astonishingly over the years.

Students can receive three graduate credits for both classes, which are available at both the Union campus and the Kean Ocean campus. For more information regarding registration, contact the HRC at or (908) 737-4633. 

Lastly, the HRC features an in-depth oral history program. This program has a collection of oral testimonies from Holocaust survivors and liberators. The oral testimony collection possesses so many accounts that it has a book that was written about it titled Holocaust Testimonies in New Jersey

Students can benefit from the HRC by attending the lectures and viewing the wide collection of Holocaust material available in the Nancy Thompson Library in the center of campus. Moreover, the HRC often has special events open to all who are interested. Individual students can obtain more information about the history of the Holocaust to prevent themselves from growing oblivious to one of the most dire, heart-wrenching tragedies in history.

For more information on all that the Holocaust Resource Center has to offer, visit its website.

about the author

Caleb Lopez, Senior Editor

Caleb Lopez is the Senior Editor of The Cougar's Byte. Caleb joined the staff as a Staff Writer in May 2017. Currently in his junior year, Caleb is a psychology major with a minor in biology. In the rare moments when he is not vigorously studying, Caleb loves to spend his time indulging in sports, music and food—especially Chick-fil-a.