By: Ilan Sasson | News  | 

YU To Open New Holocaust Center

Yeshiva University has founded a new Holocaust Studies and Genocide Center. The Center’s main mission will be to train educators on how to properly teach the events of the Holocaust. Interdisciplinary graduate degrees and certificates, to this effect, will be issued by the newly formed Fish Center.

The Center is being named after Emil A. and Jenny Fish. “We must know the history about what happened and why, and what the implications are for today,” said Emil Fish, who serves on the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad. “The Center will educate young people and adults about a singular event in history that, regrettably, too few people understand, including what conditions existed before the Nazis ascended to power, how they rose to leadership positions and why they targeted Jews.”

“We thank Emil Fish for recognizing our celebrated faculty and our highly experienced staff and for partnering with our entire academic community on this significant and timely initiative,” said Provost Selma Botman.

The Emil A. and Jenny Fish Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Yeshiva University will conduct academic research and organize public events to further the goal of improving people’s knowledge of the Holocaust. “At a moment when Holocaust education and awareness across the globe is transitioning from a pedagogy of living testimony to one anchored in memory, the Center — established through the visionary generosity of Emil and Jenny Fish — will serve a crucial role as a leader and role model for a new generation of Holocaust scholarship and education,” said President Ari Berman.

Featured Photo Caption: Emil A. Fish
Featured Photo Credit: U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad