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Ramapo College’s Gross Center Receives $9K Grant for its Series of Discussions on the Holocaust and Genocide

New Jersey Council for the Humanities LogoThe Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Ramapo College of New Jersey has received a $9,000 grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan Act. The grant will support its programs that include public lectures and workshops presented by experts in Holocaust and Genocide studies.

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About Us

Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it.
George Santayana, philosopher

… I have tried to keep memory alive, and have tried to fight those who would forget. Because if we forget, we are guilty, we are accomplices.
Elie Wiesel, in accepting the Nobel Peace Prize (Oslo, 1986)

Genocide is … the criminal intent to destroy or to cripple permanently a human group.
Raphael Lemkin, international jurist and originator of the term

For my soul and my academic self, I believe that Holocaust and genocide studies should be dedicated to be a beacon of reverence and caring for all human life.
Israel W. Charny, executive director of the Institute on the Holocaust and Genocide (Jerusalem)


Our mission is to assist students, educators, and the community-at-large in learning the history and lessons of the Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide, and other tragedies.  Through innovative educational programming we seek to promote an understanding of the pernicious consequences of anti-Semitism, racism, ethnic hatred, other forms of bigotry, and violations of human rights; and forge awareness, change attitudes, and introduce new methodologies for the protection of individual liberty and the prevention of genocide.


Founded in 1980 as an independent non-profit organization to educate and interact with the northern New Jersey and Rockland County communities on the tragedy of Hitler’s war against the Jews and other genocides, the Center is now an integral part of Ramapo College. While it receives support from the College, most of the Center’s funding is from private donations. It is a member of the Association of Holocaust Organizations and part of the network of similar organizations under the New Jersey State Commission on Holocaust Education.

The Gross Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies
Interim Director: Erin Augis

About the Director

Erin Augis

The Center’s Interim Director is Dr. Erin J. Augis. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago.  She teaches courses such as Sociology of Religion, Sociology of Race Relations, Race, Crime, and Justice, and Women and Global Poverty. She has written extensively on women in conservative religious movements. Currently her research is on conservative Protestants of the mid-19th century and their role in the movement to end slavery in the United States.

Advisory Board

Peter Safirstein, Esq., Chair;
Lauren Gross, Vice Chair

Rachel Azulay, Student Member, Tamara Berman, Christina Connor, Assessment & Instruction Librarian, Leah Kaufman, Tanya Mayer, Stanley Richmond, Dr. Rebecca Root, Professor of Political Science, Dr. Sharon Rubin, Professor Emerita of Ramapo College, Robert Sek, Linda Sokolski, Colleen Tambuscio, Ani Tchaghlasian, and David Terdiman, Assistant Vice President Institutional Advancement

Ex Officio: Dr. Susan Gaulden, Acting Provost, Dr. Susan Hangen, Dean of the School of Humanities and Global Studies

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