Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

  • Two Graduate Students Talking
  • Man Looking Down at Paper
  • Books from Rose Library
  • Beth Cohen Delivers Holocaust Lecture in Rose Library
  • Rose Library in Winter
  • Cohen Lasry House at Sunrise
Strassler Center Overview

Genocide, mass atrocities, crimes against humanity and their prevention stand at the core of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Home to a uniquely rich undergraduate program and a landmark doctoral program, the Strassler Center is the first and only institute of its kind. Since it was established in 1998, it has gained international standing as the sole program to train students for Ph.D. degrees in Holocaust History and Genocide Studies. The Center's growth and development demonstrate that a small research university can achieve excellence and broad regard with a flagship program.


Year End Report

Faculty and student research projects shed light on many aspects of genocide and the Holocaust. Striving to bring knowledge to bear on these complex subjects, Strassler Center activities demonstrate the real world implications that past atrocities have on our present and future. Read more in our Year End Report.


Public programs engage the world in which we live. To learn more, click here to receive event emails. 


Robert Messing '59 Holocaust Numismatic Collection

The Robert Messing ’59 Holocaust Numismatic Collection contains an assortment of monetary notes and coins related to the Holocaust. HGS concentrator Marisa Natale ’17 catalogued and researched the collection as a LEEP project. For more information contact

New Initiatives

The Graduate School of Geography and the Strassler Center launch a new doctoral track in Geography and Genocide.