The Center for Holocaust Studies at Brookdale Community College began over 25 years ago when professors Dr. Seymour Siegler and Jack Needle ran a lunch-time professional development program about the Holocaust in conjunction with the NBC miniseries Holocaust. The programs were successful, and in May 1979, the first Center for Holocaust Studies in the state of New Jersey opened. It was a bookcase and file cabinet in a corner of the College's library.

The Center has grown since its founding. We offer many programs and services throughout the year to students, teachers, the Brookdale Community, and to the public.
  • Outstanding speakers come to the campus for our programs.
  • Scholarships for teachers to study the Holocaust and our own Teacher Training Institute
  • The Living Library program
  • A Film Series and a Book Club
  • A Speakers' Bureau
  • Many curriculum support materials and programs for teachers
  • Our annual Luna Kaufman Writing and Art Contest for students
  • Programs for students that give them an active role in prejudice reduction
  • Training for law enforcement officers at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Education as part of the sentencing package for juvenile bias crime offenders

The development of the Center's capacity to address human rights and civil rights issues has virtually no bounds. Center programs have addressed Armenia, America, the Balkans, Rwanda, Burundi, Sudan, Northern Ireland, the Middle East and East Timor.



Donations can be made in honor of or in memory of someone. You can specify which area your donation should be used, can divide it between areas, or let us decide where to use it.

Read about how donation have been used:

  The Library
  Services to the Community


  • Annual William Schwartz Summer Teacher Training Institute Scholarship
    This is a 2-week intensive seminar for teachers on "Teaching the Holocaust, Genocide and Prejudice Reduction" at The Center for Holocaust Studies at Brookdale Community College.
  • Rev. John S. Grauel Scholarship
  • Gerald A. Flanzbaum Scholarship
  • Lewis and Judy Eisenberg Scholarship
  • Pope John XXIII Scholarship (shared with Seton Hill College, PA)
    These scholarships are 3 1/2 week summer seminars for teachers on "Teaching The Holocaust" at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem
  • Richard and Janice Sambol Genocide and Prejudice Lecture Series
  • Annual Howard M. Schoor Film Series
  • Leonard S. Coleman, Jr. Special Projects Fund
  • Catherine Woolf Student Leadership Training Program
  • Annual Kristallnacht Commemoration Program
  • Annual Armenian Remembrance Day Program
  • Annual Raoul Wallenberg Commemoration Program
  • Annual Holocaust Remembrance Day Colloquium
  • Additions to the Center for Holocaust Studies' book, video, and CD-ROM library
Services To The Community
  • Annual Luna Kaufman Writing and Art Contests
  • Publication of the Dorothy and Arthur Greenbaum Student Writing Anthology
  • Jerold L. Zaro Living Library - An annual gift of materials to school libraries
  • John K. Lloyd Curriculum Trunk Project - A materials loan program.
  • Robert A. Honecker, Jr. Bias Crime Law Enforcement Training Program
  • Siegler Family Outstanding Lessons Award

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The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous

The Genocide Education Project

The Armenian National Institute

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The mission of the Center for Holocaust Studies at Brookdale Community College is to be a resource for: education about historical issues of the holocaust and genocide; elimination of racism, antisemitism and all forms of prejudice that damage our society; and development of outstanding creative programs and activities regarding these crucial human issues.



The Center's book,To Tomorrow's ChildrenWords of Survivors, is published.

At the Center for Holocaust Studies at Brookdale Community College, we are privileged to have a group of Holocaust survivors who are dedicated to our mission of teaching about the Holocaust and working to eliminate hate in all its forms. Each year, thousands of students listen as these survivors share their stories. 

Unfortunately, time marches on and we are faced with the difficult reality that future generations will not be able to meet Holocaust survivors and hear their stories firsthand. We feel the need to insure that these invaluable lessons are not lost with the passing of this generation. Hence the idea to preserve forever the words of these survivors for Tomorrow's Children. 

Holocaust survivors, those who have worked closely with the Center, were asked to provide a 500-word entry - not their entire story -- but an experience, a memory, a focal point of their Holocaust lives, accompanied by their message To Tomorrow's Children, a legacy they wish to be remembered and taught. 

These photographs and stories will soon become part of a permanent exhibit to be housed in the Center for Holocaust Studies, and used as a traveling exhibit for schools. These survivors and their stories will thus remain the foundation for the study of the Holocaust. Each story will be the basis of a lesson plan that will have the survivor at its core, using his or her particular experience as the focus of study.



We have a wide variety of resources available to help you at the Center. Our library offers books that include both pedagogy and subject information. Our video collection contains hundreds of videos. The Center also has a resource file and numerous curriculum guides, as well as a curriculum trunk for loan to schools designed for grades K-4. 

We offer programs throughout the year that are geared towards teachers. We also offer programs designed for your students. 

You can arrange a visit to your class from a Holocaust survivor through our speakers' bureau. We can also help arrange school assembly programs: Act One Productions' Moral Courage: A Way of Life and Living Voices' Through the Eyes of a Friend. The Center will provide some financial support for schools booking these assembly programs. 

We offer programs for faculty meetings and in-service programs as well. For K-6 teachers, we offer It's OK to be Different; for teachers of grades 7-12, we offer a Voices and Viewsworkshop on a new Holocaust history curriculum. 


The Center for Holocaust Studies