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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)October 3, 2003

Mahwah – The Gross Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies at Ramapo College of New Jersey will present a series of programs highlighting recent research and re-evaluation in the field:

Slavery Today and Violence Against Women”
Wednesday, October 22 at 5 p.m.
York Room, The Mansion
Maria Sliwa
of the Anti-Slavery Project is the presenter. Her talk will examine the nature of slavery today, particularly how it relates to the international traffic in women. A former New York City cop and currently a graduate student at New York University, Sliwa now works for the human rights organization Freedom Now which, through faxes and e-mail, informs the American public about slavery in the world today. She speaks around the country on behalf of the Boston-based American Anti-Slavery Group(AASG), America’s leading human rights group dedicated to abolishing modern day slavery worldwide. Sponsored in cooperation with The Women’s Center at Ramapo College.

Commemorating Kristallnacht
Law and the Holocaust: The Ultimate Contradiction in Terms?”
Wednesday, November 12 at 7 p.m
Robert A. Scott Student Center (SC-137/138)
Professor Harry Reicher, University of Pennsylvania Law School, is the presenter. This program will commemorate the so-called Night of Broken Glass” of November 9 and 10, 1938, when the Nazis unleashed a veritable pogrom against the Jews of Germany that signaled the beginning of the end for European Jewry. Professor Harry Reicher of the University of Pennsylvania Law School will speak on the legal edifice in Nazi Germany that was erected after 1933 to underpin their war against the Jews. Sponsored in cooperation with Temple Beth Haverim of Mahwah.

Gumpert Teachers Workshop
Rescue and Courage in the Holocaust: Can Lessons Be Learned?”
Thursday, November 13 from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Robert A. Scott Student Center (SC-136/37)
The Emil Gumpert Teachers Workshop, in cooperation with and support by the New Jersey State Commission on Holocaust Education, is being held in conjunction with the showing of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum exhibition, Schindler, at Bergen County Y, a Jewish Community Center. It is part of the overall effort to assist educators in implementing the New Jersey State Mandate on Holocaust Education. In enabling teachers to convey to their students the story of how in the Holocaust some non-Jews risked their lives to rescue Jews, it is hoped that they will be sensitized to its wider issues of moral courage and individual responsibility.

Schindler: An Exhibition on Loan from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.
Rescue in the Holocaust: Moral Responsibility in Our Lives”
November 24 – December 19
Bergen County Y, a Jewish Community Center
605 Pascack Road, Township of Washington, 201.666.6610
Co-sponsored by the Bergen County Y, a Jewish Community Center and the Gross Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies at Ramapo College.

Resistance and Community in Adversity: Clandestine Education in the Warsaw Ghetto”
Wednesday, December 3 at 5 p.m.
York Room, The Mansion
In her talk on clandestine education in the Warsaw Ghetto, Susan Kardos of the Harvard School of Education, will relate how the underground schooling enabled the Jews of the Ghetto to resist Nazi attempts to eradicate their history and culture. It also helped in their struggle against hunger and inhumanity, and provided children with a sense of hope in a time when desperation and death were all around them. Kardos, who is completing her doctorate at the Harvard School of Education, is a native of Fair Lawn. Sponsored in cooperation with the Teacher Education Program at Ramapo College.

The series is free and open to the public. School groups are welcome. For further details, please contact Dr. Michael A. Riff at (201) 684-7409, or


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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