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Post Image for WCHC Intern James Merlino Visits Normandy in Tribute to American Soldiers
June 5, 2024
WCHC Intern and Wagner College PA Student James Merlino joined over 60 Wagner students and faculty to pay hommage in Normandy, France, to American soldiers--amongthem many Staten Islanders--on the 80th Anniversary of the D-Day landing. "It was made even more special by our visit to the graves of  Staten Islanders who were buried there." James […]
Post Image for WCHC Director Lori Weintrob Receives Special Founders Recognition Award
April 16, 2024
On April 9 2024 the WCHC Advisory Board held its Annual Mitzvah Awards, recognizing outstanding individuals in our community who have dedicated themselves to fighting hate in all its forms, including honorees - Rabbi Kerry Olitzky, Dan Glassman, Stefania Hecht (posthumously), Susan Sappin, Rev. Dr. Agnes McBeth, Aubrie Mei Rubel ‘23, Stephen Greenwald. The final […]
Post Image for Professor Morowitz' book, Art, Exhibition and Erasure in Nazi Vienna, published this August
July 12, 2023
“So much has been written on the way the Nazis used art in Germany, but very little on art in Nazi Vienna, and almost nothing at all in English,” notes Dr. Laura Morowitz, whose forthcoming book, Art, Exhibition and Erasure (Routledge, 2023) sets out to change that. Morowitz has been a Professor of Art History […]
June 14, 2023
Sari Kingsley never got to meet her mother's brother, Mendel Schleifer, but all her life felt a strong connection to him. Her connection was embodied by a painting that her Uncle Mendel painted as a handsome young man and which he sent to her mother in New York in 1938. Less than one year later […]
Post Image for Wolf Gruner’s New Book Shifts Narrative on Jewish Resistance
May 31, 2023
On August 1, 2023 Yale University Press will release Wolf Gruner’s Resisters. How Ordinary Jews fought Persecution in Hitler's Germany. Gruner is Founding Director of the USC Dornsife Center for Advanced Genocide Research, and Shapell-Guerin Chair in Jewish Studies and Professor of History, University of Southern California. Described as “a highly original and compelling account […]
Post Image for Wagner’s Chai Society Chair, Fern Aaron Zagor, to be awarded by JCC
March 8, 2023
  In her welcoming letter to an international community of Holocaust scholars on our campus, Fern Zagor–tireless and devoted Chair of the Wagner College Chai Society–wrote of “...the courage of the spirit, daring to believe in the future against unfathomable, indescribable odds.” Fighting for social justice and to protect those less fortunate has always been […]
November 12, 2022
On Nov. 10, 2022, the 7th Annual Egon J. Salmon and Family Commemoration of Kristallnacht and the St. Louis was held at Wagner College. Two Second Generation (2G) speakers shared their reflections on their parents’ and grandparents’ strategies to escape Nazi Germany and their compelling messages to the next generation. Susan Slater and Joan Loeb […]
September 26, 2022
  “You do not know the limits of my courage”. These words were uttered by Holocaust heroine Marianne Cohn, who spent the war years rescuing Jewish children before being murdered by the Gestapo in 1944. But they can serve as inspiration today for the defiant young women of Iran, who are at the heart of […]
Post Image for S.I. Advance Covers Opening of Education and Action Gallery
April 10, 2022
Wagner Alumnus Lauren Lovallo, now a journalist for the Staten Island Advance, wrote a lengthy and detailed article on the opening of our long-awaited Education and Action Gallery. Interviewing co-curators Profs. Lori Weintrob and Laura Morowitz, Lovallo provided insights on the themes, design and motivation for the EAG, the very first permanent Holocaust exhibition on […]
November 19, 2021
The Wagner College Holocaust Center presents "Beyond Anne Frank: Hiding from the Nazis in the Netherlands." This talk by survivor and artist Lore Baer Azaria explores her family’s experience as German refugees who settled in Amsterdam and were then rescued by "Righteous Gentiles," the family of 25-year old Cornelia Schouten. It features remarks by Deputy […]