Since 1981, the Institute for Holocaust & Genocide Studies has offered educational programs for educators, students, and the community. Through education and unique programming, the Institute—a collaboration between RVCC and the Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon & Warren Counties—promotes awareness, understanding, and compassion. The Center offers educational seminars, workshops, and presentations for students and teachers about the lessons learned from the Holocaust as well as genocides that continue today.

The Morris and Dorothy Hirsch Research Library of Holocaust and Genocide Studies is located on the second floor of the Evelyn S. Field Library at Raritan Valley Community College. Established in 1999, the library houses books, a video collection, and other reference materials for research and study as well as an area for classroom instruction. The Morris and Dorothy Hirsch Research Library of Holocaust and Genocide Studies offers an extensive collection of materials on the Holocaust, genocides, and diversity.

Resilience During Challenging Times

RVCC Institute of Holocaust and Genocide Studies Presents Webinar Documentary Film Series on “Resilience During Challenging Times” Friday, June 5 - June 26, from 3-4 p.m.

Focusing on the theme of “Resilience and Hope,” In this forum, we will be learning through the medium of short films followed by a Q&A with the individuals who were involved in the making of these powerful documentaries. The webinars feature films highlighting resilience from Holocaust survivors, their children, and their grandchildren.

The scheduled list of films includes:

  • June 5th: We Are Still Here. Followed by Q&A with the Director & Producer, Evan Kleinman.
  • June 12th: The Second Generation...Ripples From the Holocaust. Followed by Q&A with Executive Producer, Peppy Margolis.
  • June 19th: The Hidden Child. Followed by Q&A with Maud Dahme the Hidden Child Survivor featured in the film.
  • June 26th: Not A23029. The documentary about Margit Feldman. Followed by Q&A with Executive Producer, Peppy Margolis.

To receive Zoom login information or for additional information about the series, email, Michelle Edgar, Program Specialist for The RVCC Institute of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at michelle.edgar@raritanval.edu

Click here to see flyer.

In Memory of Margit Feldman

We would like to remember Margit Feldman, a founding member of the Institute of Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Margit worked tirelessly to help educate students and the wider community about the Holocaust. Margit inspired thousands of people when they heard about how she survived the Nazi concentration camps. Her powerful yet gentle presence will be missed. For more information about Margit, you can find her book, Margit: A Teenagers Journey Through The Holocaust and Beyond and the documentary, Margit: Not A23029, detailing her life.

If you would like to donate to The Institute of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, in honor of Margit Feldman, please use this link: Give Now
We will be sure to direct the funds toward our Learning Through Experience Program, of which Margit has always taken part. If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Edgar, Program Specialist for the Institute of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Michelle.Edgar@Raritanval.edu.

What I will always remember about Margit was her belief in humanity and the power of each individual to effectuate positive change. Margit was a huge proponent of education; she was one of the original founders of Raritan Valley Community College’s Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and was instrumental in developing the Institute’s Learning Through Experience Program. Through the Learning Through Experience Program, middle school and high school students would not only learn about the horrors of the Holocaust and other genocides, but also would learn about compassion, perseverance, resilience, and supporting human rights. Margit’s greatest joy in the Learning Through Experience Program came from meeting face-to-face with young students and encouraging them to be active promoters of justice. Through the Institute’s Learning Through Experience Program, Margit has touched the lives of thousands of individuals and left an enduring legacy at the College. Housed in The Morris and Dorothy Hirsch Research Library of Holocaust and Genocide Studies is a collection of videos, photographs, and books about Margit’s triumphant life. I can recall Margit and her husband Harvey walking side-by-side into the Institute’s Resource Center to participate in an advisory meeting with one important goal in mind – how to make the world a better place for all.  Raritan Valley will honor Margit’s legacy by continuing her work to make the world a better place, and when we can reconvene collectively as a community, the Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies will properly celebrate Margit and her lifetime of achievements.

--Jacki Belin, Vice President for Student Affairs and Outreach, Raritan Valley Community College

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