Appalachian State University’s Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies was founded in 2002 to develop new educational opportunities for students, teachers, and the community. Located administratively within the College of Arts and Sciences, the Center seeks to strengthen tolerance, understanding, and remembrance by increasing the knowledge of Jewish culture and history, teaching the history and meaning of the Holocaust, and using these experiences to explore peaceful avenues for human improvement and the prevention of future genocides.  


The 2016 Martin & Doris Rosen Summer Symposium dates have been decided!

The 2016 Summer Symposium dates have been decided!
From 23 July to 28 July 2016, we will be holding our 15th annual symposium for educators, students, and community members. Visit the “Symposium” tab above to see the brochure and tentative program.



Off-Campus Center Program: USHMM Historian Dr. Patricia Heberer Rice to Speak on Euthanasia Killings to ASU Students in Washington, D.C.

During the upcoming spring break, the Center for Judaic Holocaust and Peace Studies (CJHPS) will support a research trip of ASU’s seminar on the Holocaust to the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies and the archives of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM). This trip is made possible by a generous contribution by Nancy and Chuck Rosenblatt and the Rosenblatt Foundation. As part of the research visit, Dr. Patricia Heberer Rice of the Division of the Senior Historian at the USHMM’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies will give a presentation on the newest research on the Nazi regime’s Euthanasia program. Dr. Heberer Rice is one of the leading scholars on the Nazi Euthanasia murders. She has been based at the Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies (former U.S. Holocaust Research Institute) since 1993.












Fall 2015 Speaker Series Videos  

fall 2015 speaker series videos

susan cernyak

Cernyak-Spatz, who is a Professor Emerita of German Literature at UNC Charlotte, was born in Vienna and in 1929, moved with her family to Berlin, where they witnessed Hitler’s rise to power. They fled to Prague in March 1938. Her father managed to escape to Belgium shortly before the German invasion of Poland, but the Nazis arrested and eventually deported Cernyak-Spatz and her mother.

alon confino

Professor Confino grew up in Jerusalem and attended Tel Aviv University. Having completed his undergraduate studies in Israel, he moved to the U.S., where he entered the graduate program in history at the University of California at Berkeley, earning a Ph.D. Alon Confino currently holds full professorships at Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

mugabo yves

Mugabo Yves speaks about these mass murders in Rwanda from the perspective of a child survivor. In April 1994, he was seven years old. His Tutsi family lived in the capital Kigali that became one of the key sites of the killings. His mother and many close relatives perished. Yves survived with the help of moderate Hutus.



 Susan Cernyak-Spatz's Book is now available in the Center's Office.

Pick up your copy today!


Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the Rosen Summer Symposium 'Remembering the Holocaust' this past 11 July to 17 July 2015.