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.
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.