Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Who We Are

The Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (IHGS) promotes public awareness of the Holocaust and other genocides worldwide; encourages and supports scholarship, research, and teaching at Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) about the Holocaust and genocide; and promotes public participation in efforts both to confront contemporary genocide as it occurs and to engage in global genocide prevention efforts.

IPFW's Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs approved the Institute as a Center of Excellence through the Office of Research and External Affairs in 2009. Rather than exclusively memorialize the Holocaust, IPFW’s IHGS will become a vital bridge tying memorialization programming to ongoing and focused scholarship, teaching, and research about the Holocaust and other genocides.

While several institutions in the Midwest have devoted museums and academic programs to the Holocaust and the study of genocide, the IPFW Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies is the only Center of its kind to serve Indiana, northwest Ohio and Southern Michigan.

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On Recent Events In Charlottesville VA

(13 Aug 2017) The IPFW Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies condemns any efforts on the part of white nationalists, supremacists, separatists and other hate groups to incite violence under the pretense of free expression, of presenting a diversity of viewpoints, or of protesting an alleged tyranny of multiculturalism and political correctness. Universities can and should provide forums for the free exchange of legitimate and sometimes unpopular ideas, without the ideas themselves inciting threats of retribution or intimidation to the academic or civic community. That kind of diversity is different from holding universities hostage to present any idea, all in the name of diversity of thought, no matter what the consequence. No university should facilitate or perpetuate verbal or physical harassment targeting minority groups already historically disadvantaged by long-term persecution, violence, and structural inequality. We call upon political, spiritual, cultural, and educational leaders across the country to denounce, unequivocally and in the strongest possible terms, not just the violence, but the hateful ideologies behind that violence, perpetrated most recently by racist mobs in Charlottesville VA. History shows us that such violence does not involve “all sides.” It involves one side, intent on using democratic freedoms to dismantle core values that reside at the heart of any diverse and plural society. Now, more than ever, the United States needs leadership at all levels willing to confront and challenge these poisonous ideologies. A true democracy leaves no wiggle room for any ideology upholding ethnic and racial prejudice as an inalienable right. And a true democratic leader will immediately and without hesitation denounce that ideology every time it embodies violence as a legitimate means to impose its warped aims unilaterally upon an entire free society.

Asking Congress to Protect Refugees

The Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies strongly endorses Congregation Achduth Vesholom's recent statement in support of welcoming refugees to the United States. If you would like to add your name to the list, please sign the petition.

Dr. Patricia Rodda to Join the Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

The Institute is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Patricia Rodda as Education Outreach Coordinator for the IPFW Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Dr. Rodda is a recent graduate of the University of California, Irvine where she received her PhD in political science. She received her master’s degree in International Affairs at Marquette University in 2010 and her bachelor's degree from Hanover College in 2007. Her research interests include international asylum and refugee law, the protection of human rights in conflict situations, and the implementation of international and regional law into domestic legal systems. Dr. Rodda has worked directly with students for over ten years as a tutor, coach, and teacher and is dedicated to supporting intellectual inquiry and exploration. She now will work to connect area K-12 teachers interested in teaching about the Holocaust and genocide with relevant and accurate pedagogical resources. She is excited to return to the Fort Wayne area and to the IPFW community. She will join the Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the end of February, when she will be actively involved in setting up the Institute’s new office at the Rifkin Campus at 5200 Old Mill Road. The Institute acknowledges the generous support of the IPFW Office of Academic Affairs to ensure the Institute serves its mission to promote effective teaching and learning about both the Holocaust and efforts to confront contemporary genocides and the factors that lead up to them.

The Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and Congregation Achduth Vesholom's Holocaust Education Committee are co-sponsoring a week-long symposium 15-20 May 2016 on the IPFW campus for pre-service teachers interested in learning more about teaching the Holocaust and genocide at the junior high and high school level. Housing, most meals, and other materials and resources are covered for participants.

Application forms are now available here +. Our screening process will begin 4 Mar 2016 and continue until we have filled all spots. If you know of a student teacher in Indiana who will be graduating in 2015-16 and who is interested in teaching the Holocaust at the secondary level, please contact carr at ipfw dot edu for further information.

Posted by IHGS on Thursday, August 20, 2015

Lee Roberts, Associate Professor of German Studies, is now Interim Associate Director of the IPFW Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies for the 2015-16 academic year. He replaces David Lindquist, who stepped down as Co-Director in December 2014. Dr. Roberts was originally named IHGS Affiliated Faculty in 2013.

The Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies is now a member of the Indiana University Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society (CSRES).

In conjunction with the upcoming exhibition Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals, 1933-1945, the Northeast Indiana Diversity Library has prepared a bibliography on the topic.

Post by IHGS.

Jeannie Smith, daughter of the Polish rescuer Irene Gut Opdyke, recently came to Fort Wayne to speak at the Jewish Federation 2014 Campaign Opener.  In honor of her visit, the IPFW Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies uploaded a video of a public lecture given by her mother on the IHGS YouTube channel. Opdyke, named one of the Righteous Among the Nations, spoke at Congregation Achduth Vesholom in the 1990s. Her talk is now available through IHGS' YouTube channel, which also features separate videos of her answering audience questions, and a classroom visit.

The Institute recently launched its Affiliated Faculty Award recognizing scholarship in the area of Holocaust and Genocide Studies.  The award comes with an invitation to present a public lecture on your research, and $500 in Professional Development money to help sustain this work.  For more information, contact carr at ipfw dot edu.  Recent recipients include Lee Roberts of International Language and Culture Studies, and Ann Livschiz of History.

Go to our new Resources tab, where you can find books, videos, and other materials available for checkout from IPFW's Helmke Library.  The IPFW Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, in partnership with Helmke Library and Congregation Achduth Vesholom, now has a list of Jewish and Holocaust themed resources available for checkout through IUCAT and Helmke.  Any Indiana resident can obtain a special library borrower's card with two forms of ID, one of which must be state-issued.

The IPFW Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies recently launched the IHGS YouTube channel. The channel hosts the 1991 documentary "We Must Remember" featuring oral testimonies of Fort Wayne Holocaust survivors. Originally distributed by the Fort Wayne Jewish Federation and Congregation Achduth Vesholom, the documentary is now available through IHGS' YouTube channel in its complete version, as well as in segments especially suited for classroom use.

IHGS Associated Faculty

2013-14 Ann Livschiz; Lee Roberts

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