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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)February 25, 2009

MAHWAH – Dr. Joseph Robert White, a research assistant at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, will talk about early Nazi concentration camps in March at Ramapo College of New Jersey.  The presentation is free and open to the public. 

White will discuss his research on the early development of Nazi concentration camps.  He will discuss how the Third Reich did not invent the camp system, but revolutionized the concept of protective custody.  As a measure allowed under German law, prior to 1933 selective political persecution through mass arrests was permitted.  White will explain how the Nazis transformed protective custody or, in German, Schutzhaft, into unlimited detention and more, including the targeting of Jews for persecution and homicide.

White has contributed 90 articles to the forthcoming, seven-volume “United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos.”  Volume I of the encyclopedia, which concerns Nazi concentration camps, will be published by Indiana University Press later this year.

A specialist on the history of Nazi concentration camps, he also works with related projects, including the recently opened International Tracing Service and the donated photographic album of Auschwitz SS officers.

The presentation will be held Tuesday, March 10 at 1 p.m. in SC-136 of the Robert A. Scott Student Center.  For more information or to reserve a seat, please call 201.684.7409.

The talk will be sponsored by Ramapo College’s Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and The History Club.

For media inquiries, contact Anna Farneski, assistant vice president, Marketing and Communications, 201.684.6844.


Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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