Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies: Feedback
Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it.
George Santayana, philosopher
… I have tried to keep memory alive, and have tried to fight those who would forget. Because if we forget, we are guilty, we are accomplices.
Elie Wiesel, in accepting the Nobel Peace Prize (Oslo, 1986)
Genocide is … the criminal intent to destroy or to cripple permanently a human group.
Raphael Lemkin, international jurist and originator of the term
For my soul and my academic self, I believe that Holocaust and genocide studies should be dedicated to be a beacon of reverence and caring for all human life.
Israel W. Charny, executive director of the Institute on the Holocaust and Genocide (Jerusalem)
Our mission is to encourage and assist persons of all ages in learning the history and lessons of the Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide and other similar tragedies. Our hope is that in understanding the pernicious consequences of anti-semitism, racism, ethnic hatred and other forms of bigotry, we can endeavor to build a better future.
Founded in 1980 as an independent non-profit organization to sensitize the northern New Jersey community to the tragedy of Hitler’s war against the Jews and other genocides, the Center is now an integral part of Ramapo College. While it receives support from the College and an allocation from UJA Federation of Bergen County and North Hudson, most of the Center’s funding is from private donations. It is a member of the Association of Holocaust Organizations and part of the network of similar organizations under the New Jersey State Commission on Holocaust Education.
Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies
Dr. Michael Riff, Director
Telephone: (201) 684-7409
The Center’s director is Dr. Michael A. Riff.Â An active member of the Ramapo College’s School of American and International Studies, he participates in several of its programs: History, Human Rights and Genocide Studies, International Studies and Judaic Studies and he teaches the following courses: The Holocaust and the Media (AMER309); The Jews in 20th-Century Europe (HIST219); Modernism and its Discontents: Europe in the Age of Total WarÂ (HIST410); and Paradigms of Genocide (HIST319).
Dr. Riff, who holds a Ph.D. in History from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies of the University of London, is the author of The Face of Survival:Â Jewish Life in Eastern Europe, Past and Present. (London: Valentine Mitchell, 1992)Â Dr. Riff has written essays and reviews on the history of Central European Jewry, and he was general editor of The Dictionary of Modern Political Ideologies and Movements (Manchester and New York: Manchester U. Press/St. Martin’s Press, 1987). He is currently working on a study about the return of Jews to Czechoslovakia after World War II.
Peter Safirstein, Esq., Chair;
Lauren Gross, Vice Chair
Dr. Beth Barnett, Provost of Ramapo College,
Seth Cohen, Rob Engel, John Gunzler, Leah Kaufman, Phyllis Roberts, Dr. Sharon Rubin, Professor Emerita of Ramapo College, Robert Sek, Colleen Tambuscio, Ani Tchaghlasian, and Jane Zaretsky
Ex Officio: Dr. Hassan Nejad, Dean of the School of American and International Studies