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.  

Susan Cernyak-Spatz is Speaking At Appstate This Fall

Susan Cernyak-SpatzSusan Cernyak-Spatz is a holocaust survivor and also a Professor Emerita of German Literature at UNC Charlotte. She was born in Vienna in 1929 and moved with her family to Berlin, where they witnessed Hitler’s rise to power.

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Welcome To The New Director

 We are pleased to announce that Dr. Thomas Pegelow Kaplan has been appointed to the position as Leon Levine Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies. Dr. Kaplan will assume his position in the summer. A graduate of Eberhard-Karls University Tübingen (Germany) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. Kaplan is currently an Associate Professor of Modern European History at Davidson College where hehas actively engaged in teaching about the Holocaust. The author of The Language of Nazi Genocide: Linguistic Violence and the Struggle of Germans of Jewish Ancestry (Cambridge University Press, 2009), Dr. Kaplan is presently working on a second book with the working title of Entreaties for Survival: Trans-European Jewish Petitioning Practices During the Holocaust. Dr. Kaplan will bring boundless energy and vision to the Center.

Please join us in welcoming Thomas to our community.

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