The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS) at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities promotes academic research, education and public awareness on the Holocaust, other genocides and current forms of mass violence. It was established in 1997 by Dr. Stephen Feinstein as an interdisciplinary research center.

We provide premier academic programs, fostering a community of students studying genocide and mass violence while cultivating the essential connection between scholarly inquiry, education, and outreach to different sectors of society. Our work is motivated by the hope to inspire future generations to fight hatred and strengthen democracy, thus ensuring a more peaceful and just world.

Three concepts form the core of CHGS’s approach: remembrance, responsibility, and progress. We support these concepts through:

  • Promoting awareness of past genocides and gaining understanding of the causes and devastating consequences of mass violence.
  • Collaborating and sharing expertise and resources with centers, departments and individual faculty members at the University of Minnesota, across the United States, and with international academic institutions.
  • Guiding and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students by organizing courses and workshops, offering fellowships, and providing unique opportunities for interaction with leading experts in the field.
  • Supporting educators by providing online resources, workshops, and seminars facilitated by leading experts in Holocaust and genocide education.

For more information, see the Center’s website.

Banner Picture: A memorial to victims of the Holocaust deported through the Berlin rail system. The memorial is on Track 17 / Gleis 17, of the Bahnhof Grunewald / Grunewald Station. The monument was designed by Karol Broniatowski and unveiled in 1991.