Approaching the Kingdom of Night: Liberation and the Holocaust

Thursday, September 7th @ 7 pm in KC 5A

When the Allied Forces advanced on Germany at the end of the Second World War, few were prepared to cope with the shock and horror they encountered during the liberation of Nazi concentration camps. This lecture examines firsthand accounts of Allied military personnel who responded to the liberation and the profound effects it had on them.


Mark Celinscak, PhD, is the Louis and Frances Blumkin Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Executive Director of the Sam and Frances Fried Holocaust and Genocide Academy at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He is a historian of twentieth century Britain and Europe, specializing in war, Holocaust, and genocide studies. He is the author of Distance from the Belsen Heap: Allied Forces and the Liberation of a Nazi Concentration Camp, winner of a Vine Award for Non-Fiction, andKingdom of Night: Witnesses to the Holocaust, winner of a Canadian Jewish Literary Award for Holocaust literature. Dr. Celinscak currently serves as co-chair of the Consortium of Higher Education Centers for Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Studies.

Refugee and Migrant Advocacy Week

Sunday, September 24th to Friday September 29th

Join us for a week of programing for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. 

Documentary Screening of "El Dorado"

Thursday, October 12th @ 4:30 pm Hayden 100

El Dorado was a nightclub in Weimar Berlin providing a safe haven for the queer community until Hitler’s rise  to power. Join us for LGBTQ+ History Month to learn more about LGBTQ+ persecution during the Holocaust.

Co-Sponsors: Holocaust, Genocide, and Interfaith Education Center; the Pride Center; Rainbow Jaspers; Women and Gender Resource Center; Peace & Justice Studies dept.; and the History dept.

Doing Harm: How the World’s Largest Psychological Association Lost Its Way in the War on Terror

Tuesday, October 17th at 7 pm Kelly Commons 5C

Roy J. Eidelson, PhD, is a licensed psychologist, a member of the Coalition for an Ethical Psychology, a past president of Psychologists for Social Responsibility, and the former executive director of the Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict at the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in the Philadelphia area.

McGill-Queen’s University Press describes Roy Eidelson’s new book—Doing Harm: How the World’s Largest Psychological Association Lost Its Way in the War on Terror—as “A thought-provoking, unflinching, scrupulously documented account of one of the darkest chapters in the recent history of psychology.” In his upcoming talk at Manhattan College, Dr. Eidelson will discuss this decades-long struggle for the soul of professional psychology. It persists today, as “dissidents” committed to fundamental do-no-harm principles continue to challenge influential insiders who are eager for ever-closer ties to the US military-intelligence establishment. This conflict, pitting ethics against expediency, has ramifications that reach well beyond psychology alone. 

Hosted by the Peace and Justice Studies department and cosponsored by HGI. 

Peacemakers in Action Podcast

Tuesday, October 24th @ 3:30 pm in KC 4C

The Tannenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding will host an in-person event with Manhattan College (HGI) to promote the "Peacemakers in Action Podcasts," and discuss ways it can be used in the classroom. Featuring: Yehezhel Landau 


Partners: Peace and Justice Studies, Religious Studies, Political Science, The Dorothy Day Center, Campus ministry and Action.

Kristallnacht and Endangered American Democracy

Thursday, November 9th in KC 4C and Zoom

Join us for our annual Frederick M. Schweitzer Kristallnacht Lecture. We will be holding a candle lighting ceremony at 6 pm in-person in Kelly Commons 4C and a zoom lecture at 7 pm.  

John K. Roth, PhD, is the Edward J. Sexton Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and the Founding Director of the Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights (now the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights) at Claremont McKenna College. Roth has published hundreds of articles and reviews and authored, co-authored, or edited more than fifty books, including The Failures of Ethics: Confronting the Holocaust, Genocide, and Other Mass Atrocities and Sources of Holocaust Insight: Learning and Teaching about the Genocide. His latest book, Warnings: The Holocaust, Ukraine, and Endangered American Democracy, focuses on the 2024 elections in the United States.  Named the 1988 U.S. National Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Roth has also received the Holocaust Educational Foundation’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Holocaust Studies and Research.  

Difficult Knowledge in the Classroom

Wednesday, November 15 @ 2 PM Zoom Event

Explore the challenges of teaching complicated, controversial, and emotionally weighted topics in diverse community college classrooms. Join Dr. Amy Traver, Professor of Sociology and Dr. Susan Jacobowitz, Professor of English - both at Queensborough Community College, for an interactive presentation about ways that both faculty and staff can navigate these complex learning environments. 

***This event is hosted by the Kupferberg Holocaust Center and is co-sponsored by HGI

Australia's Response to the Holocaust

Monday, November 20th @ 7 pm on Zoom

How did Australia respond to the events that were taking place in Nazi Germany and Europe during and after the Second World War?

Australia has a long history of accepting migrants to its shores from all parts of the world. However, there has also been a deep-seated suspicion of, and animosity towards, “foreigners” as exemplified by the White Australia Policy. In this lecture, we will examine the complex relationship that exists when it comes to Jewish migration, focusing on the Australian response to the rise of Nazism, the Evian conference and Kristallnacht, as well as other key developments. In the post war period, discriminatory policies against Jewish migration continued, even after knowledge of the mass murders of Europe’s Jews. Despite these exclusionary policies Australia did eventually receive the most Holocaust survivors on a pro rata population basis. These individuals had a lasting impact on shaping both the Jewish and broader Australian communities.


Sue Hampel is a daughter of a Holocaust survivor. She places importance on remembering the past to create a more tolerant future. She has a Masters degree in Holocaust and Genocide Studies (2010).  She is the Co-President of the Melbourne Holocaust Museum. Academic mentor to indigenous students at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.Teaching associate in Holocaust, Genocide and Post-conflict studies at the School of Philosophical and Historical Studies at Monash University. Researcher, Australian Holocaust Memoir Project, Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation, Monash University.  She is also the International Chair of the Education Working Group (EWG) for the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) - 2021. She has co-authored with Suzanne Rutland (2021) on ‘Holocaust Remembrance in Australia: Moving from Family and Community Remembrance to Human Rights Education,’ in Conceptualizing Mass Violence: Representations, Recollections and Reinterpretations. Routledge Press.

Antisemitism and Islamophobia Now: Why This and What We Can Do

Monday, December 4 @ 7 PM on Zoom

Surviving the Holocaust: Anita's Narrative

Thursday, December 7th @ 3PM on Zoom

Anita was born to a German mother and Dutch father in 1936 in Emmen, a small town in northern Holland. In 1942, Anita had to wear a yellow star and was not allowed to go to school anymore. Anita watched her aunt and cousin leave to go to Auschwitz where they were immediately killed. One day a local Dutch government worker came to Anita's home and said he could get her family false papers. In August 1944, when the Americans liberated the south of Holland, Anita's family reunited. They came to the United States in 1952.