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Son of Survivors to Give Presentation on Conducting Research about Family Members’ Experiences in the Holocaust

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)January 11, 2021

MAHWAH, N.J. – Jerry Zaks, a retired information technology professional from Bergen County and son of Holocaust survivors, will give a presentation on researching the history of one’s family in the Holocaust titled, “Recovering the Past: Researching the Fate of One’s Family in the Shoah.” He also will discuss his endeavor with Michael Riff, director of the Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Ramapo College.

The program will be delivered virtually via Zoom on Tuesday, January 26 at 7 p.m. It will be presented under the auspices of the Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and is free and open to the public. Registration to attend via Zoom is at:

After retiring in 2016 from a successful career in IT and computer programming, Zaks began a quest of researching and documenting the history of his parents’ experiences and hardships growing up in Poland in the 1920’s and 30’s. Starting with a 2-hour audio interview he conducted with his parents back in 1980, he has utilized the computer and internet skills learned during his career to assemble his parents’ story into a detailed presentation.

His 60 pages of interview transcription as well as an additional 50 pages of background research and documentation are available on the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum website.

Zaks will show how anyone can join his effort to keep alive the memory of the Shoah by researching the history of their parents, or other family members, in the Holocaust and preparing a presentation that could be delivered in schools and in front of community groups.

For information or to request disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact or call 201-684-7409.


About Ramapo College

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 comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

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, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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