The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
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The mission of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies is to instill within current and future military leaders a sophisticated understanding of the Holocaust and other instances of genocide, and to inspire them to prevent future atrocities in their roles as military leaders. The Center provides a critical space for research, teaching, and collaboration in interdisciplinary studies of the past and present.
The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies is internationally recognized as the hub of teaching, research and practice for military education and training about mass atrocity and its prevention. Its unique work insures that the U.S. Military Academy, the Army, and the Department of Defense are permanently innovating, expanding the toolbox available for detection and prevention, and educating cohorts of officers equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to wrestle with humanity’s worst conflicts.
This will be achieved by:
- Assuring that the CHGS remains a world-class, interdisciplinary center which serves all of the service academies;
- Employing a Center Director and support staff, including a Deputy Director and Post-doctoral Fellows in History and Atrocity Studies, to teach courses on genocide and the Holocaust, to develop curricular materials for use in other disciplines, to produce cutting edge research, and to work with US government agencies on atrocity detection and prevention issues;
- Funding of regular workshops for students and faculty from all the service academies focused on mass atrocity;
- Facilitating annual research internships for cadets and faculty, periodic study abroad for groups of cadets and faculty, as well as cooperative research projects with other universities/think tanks/agencies;
- Supporting a distinguished lecture and film series which bring scholars, policymakers, advocates, filmmakers or victims of mass atrocities to West Point annually;
- Recognizing service academy students and international scholars and activists for contributions to atrocity studies.
News & Developments
- Read the most recent Pointer View article on the CHGS.
- Captain Benjamin Dratch spoke at the annual Auschwitz Jewish Center dinner in June 2016. This is the text of his speech .
- MSG Roddie Edmonds designated the first American service member to be named " Righteous among the Nations ." The West Point CHGS is creating a leadership vignette for cadet education based on his story.
- The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum publish Ordinary Soldiers. In August 2016, ROTC Command adopted the case study as part of its national curriculum to teach the Law of Armed Conflict.
- Cadets, Midshipmen, Air Force Cadets compete to design Mass Atrocity Early Warning Mobile Application .
- Dr. James Waller, publishes Confronting Evil - Engaging Our Responsibility to Prevent Genocide .
- Dr. Scott Straus publishes Fundamentals of Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention .
- Daughter of WWI Medal of Honor Recipient SGT William Shemin speaks at West Point. Read about it in the Pointer View .
- Madeleine Albright receives Thayer Award , West Point's most prestigious honor.
- Update of the Obama Administration's comprehensive efforts to prevent mass atrocity through April 2013 .
- Atrocity Prevention and Response now part of Joint Doctrine . (Appendix B, “Mass Atrocity Response Operations,” in Peace Operations, JP 3-07.3 (01 August 2012)
- New US Strategy towards sub-Saharan Africa includes mass atrocity prevention and mitigation. To read more, click here.
- A Comprehensive Strategy and New Tools to Prevent and Respond to Atrocities
- Obama Tackles Mass Atrocities
- Harvard Kennedy School on Army's response to mass atrocities