2019 Holocaust and Genocide Awareness Week

2019 Holocaust and Genocide Awareness Week

2018 Holocaust Awareness Week

Video Archives

View video and photos from 2018 Holocaust Awareness Week

2017 Holocaust Awareness Week

Video Archives

View photos from the Holocaust Awareness Week 2017

About Holocaust Awareness Week at Northeastern:

Northeastern University’s commitment to remembrance and awareness of the Holocaust is long and deep.  Since 1977, the University has hosted an annual week-long series of events dedicated to remembering the Holocaust.  The Holocaust Awareness Committee was organized in 1991, made up of Northeastern students, faculty, and staff of various religious and ethnic backgrounds.  The Committee’s mission is to publicly remember the Holocaust each year, not only as historical fact and a memorial to its millions of victims, but also as a warning that the horrors of the past must never be repeated.

Elements of the Annual event:

Holocaust Awareness Week events are designed to bear witness to the Holocaust’s events and to explore issues arising out of the war of extermination against Jews and other groups targeted by the Nazis.  Speakers ask how lessons learned from the Holocaust can be further applied to contemporary issues.  Annual Holocaust Awareness Week events include:

  • The Robert Salomon Morton Lecture, which brings to campus a well-known scholar or public figure for a public lecture;
  • The Philip N. Backstrom, Jr Lecture series, which invites a Holocaust survivor to speak;
  • The Northeastern Holocaust Commemoration, which features a talk by a distinguished Northeastern faculty member and a presentation by the recipient of the Gideon Klein Award, given to a student to study some aspect of the arts and the Holocaust;
  • The Bill Giessen Film Series, which screens a film focused on the Holocaust or its aftermath.

More information about past years' programs:

Archival material relating to the Holocaust Awareness Committee is housed at the Snell Library Archives and Special Collections.  The Committee is pleased to have been chosen by the library’s Digital Scholarship Group for its 2015 DRS Project Toolkit Pilot Program to develop new tools for online scholarship.  Digital content is preserved and stored in Northeastern’s next generation Digital Repository Service (learn more about the DRS here). The content is also now available on a dedicated web page: holocaustawarenessarchives.northeastern.edu. The Holocaust Awareness Committee Archive is an important educational resource that highlights the digital records of survivor testimonies, distinguished lectures, and roundtable discussions, as well as the history of the Holocaust Awareness Committee itself.


In February of 2016, the Jewish Studies Program helped to coordinate a forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Heidelburg, Germany. Below is the video for the powerful memories of a Holocaust survivor who is the mother of Northeastern’s Professor Martin Blatt.

For more information, visit the Holocaust Awareness Committee’s website.