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.  


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In Memorium 


It is with deep sadness that the Center announces the passing of Ruth Etkin. Ruth and her late husband Stan, z”l, had been cornerstones of the Center. They had been among a blessed number who had the vision to recognize how urgent the creation of the Center would be for the university community, the Jewish Community of Boone, and the broader communities in the High Country. Ruth always believed that in order to understand both the Holocaust and anti-Semitism, there was a need for students and adults to understand Judaism, Jewish life and culture. She believed that merely studying death and destruction as represented by the Holocaust would be counterproductive. One needs to study the living, vibrant, joyful nature of Jewish life. Ruth’s presence, her energy, her joyful approach to life will be profoundly missed by us at the Center, by the broader university and Jewish communities in Boone, by her Florida community, and by her family. Indeed, we extend our deepest sympathies to her two daughters, Elaine and Janet, and their families, and pray that their present grief will be tempered by the Almighty’s compassion.



Should you wish to make a contribution to the Ruth and Stan Etkin Memorial Fund at the Center, please make your checks payable to the ASU Foundation and included in the Memo line: Ruth and Stan Etkin Memorial Fund. Checks can be mailed to:

  The Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies
Appalachian State University PO Box 32146 Boone, NC 28608    




It is with deep regret that the Center announces the passing of Professor Harry Reicher, a long-time friend of the Center and the Rosen Summer Symposium. Born in Prague, in what was then Czechoslovakia, he became one of Australia’s leading international law and taxation experts. He frequently argued landmark cases in the areas of international human rights and international environmental law. As an academic, Professor Reicher taught for many years at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia and was a professor at a number of law schools in the United States. For the last 19 years, he taught at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. In recognition of his pioneering work on the legal dimension to the Holocaust, in January, 2004, President George W. Bush appointed Professor Reicher to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. He also served on the Museum’s Academic Committee and Committee on Conscience. Also in January 2004, the Mayor of Saratoga, Florida, presented him with the Key to the City. In April, 2004, the City of Bayonne, New Jersey, proclaimed April 18 to be Professor Harry Reicher Day, and the two Houses of the New Jersey State Legislature passed a Joint Resolution applauding his work. As a part of the Rosen Summer Symposium, he lectured on The Law and the Holocaust, examining the Nazi philosophy of law, emanating from the racial ideology, and how it was used to pervert Germany’s legal system, to discriminate against, ostracize, dehumanize, and eventually eliminate, certain classes of people, especially as it pertained to the Jews. We shall all miss his gentle demeanor, profound sense of kindness toward others, and his penetrating intellect.

, המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים 



May G-d console you among other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.