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Holocaust Resource Center


The Holocaust Resource Center is a joint initiative between the University and the Holocaust Resource Foundation, a private philanthropic organization.  The Center collects academic and instructional material to strengthen and commemorate education about the Holocaust, other genocides and issues of diversity and prejudice.  The Holocaust Resource Center partners with educators, community organizations and scholars to offer programming and disseminate information.  This programming provides educators with continuous learning to fulfill the state mandate to teach about the Holocaust.  It also supports the intellectual and personal growth of educators and University students. 


The Holocaust Resource Center aspires to be a regional leader in services provided to educators in area schools.  We endeavor to support community members and educators in their aim to strengthen the conditions for a just and humane life. The Holocaust Resource Center strives to be the foremost repository of Holocaust survivor testimonies, scholarly books and educational audio-visual materials and to make these materials accessible to educators in the region.

Please watch the short Kean Media video about the Holocaust Resource Center.

On March 18, 2012, Kean University honored the founding families of the Holocaust Resource Foundation at a special reception in the Human Rights Institute. Please view our HRC Luncheon and Plaque Ceremony.

The Center offers an annual free lecture series and a tuition-free graduate course for teachers called “Teaching the Holocaust.” As enrollment in the course increased, it expanded from the University to various local school districts to allow for greater teacher preparation. The Center also offers a follow-up course called “Teaching Prejudice Reduction.” Thousands of teachers have participated in the project. The Center's educational programs serve as a resource for many Kean University students and members of the community.

The Founding Director of the Holocaust Resource Center and the architect of all programs offered by the HRC is Dr. Joseph J. Preil.  Under his inspired leadership, dedication and guidance the HRC has become a leading repository of Holocaust survivor testimonies, books and audio-visual materials.  Under his aegis the HRC began an annual Scholar in Residence Lecture Series which has brought to campus the leading scholars in Holocaust Studies.  His vision for the Holocaust Resource Center at Kean University continues to be the inspiration for the work of the Center.

The Center:

  • Conducts workshops on the Holocaust and genocides for K-12 teachers.
  • Hosts visiting scholars, writers and others who speak at public events on campus.
  • Provides intellectual and material resources for K-12 teachers.
  • Coordinates activities with other organizations, on and off campus, on Holocaust, Genocide, Human Rights and Prejudice involving displaced local communities who have genocidal situations in their history, such as Native Americans, Cambodians, Sudanese, Rwandans and Bosinians.
  • Maintains an extensive library on the Holocaust that includes books, original sources, videotapes and testimonials of Holocaust survivors, all of which are available to visiting researchers.