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Joseph Stevens Freedom Endowment Fund

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Why Study the Holocaust?

Holocaust education has been a part of the GVSU curriculum across several disciplines for nearly three decades. In learning about the Holocaust, students can not only better understand what provokes prejudice and murderous hatred, but develop strategies to combat them in an increasingly complex and dangerous world. This website seeks to serve as the hub of information for available coursework and the wide range of Holocaust-related events and programs offered though the University and elsewhere in the region.


"Today we face an alarming rise in Holocaust denial and antisemitism—even in the very lands where the Holocaust happened—as well as genocide and threats of genocide in other parts of the world. This is occurring just as we approach a time when Holocaust survivors and other eyewitnesses will no longer be alive. . . . With unique power and authenticity, the Museum teaches millions of people each year about the dangers of unchecked hatred and the need to prevent genocide." (US Holocaust Memorial Museum).