MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL ( 3/6/2008 ) — Stephen Feinstein, the director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS) and adjunct professor of history at the University of Minnesota, died suddenly on Tuesday, March 4. He was 65.

Feinstein joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota in 1997, serving first as the acting director of the CHGS and then being named director two years later.

From its founding in 1997, Feinstein built the university’s CHGS into a premier educational, research and outreach institution that has an international reputation for excellence. From its very beginning, he ensured that CHGS engaged with a broad range of crimes against humanity and human rights issues in addition to the Holocaust.

Feinstein was known around the world as an advocate for Holocaust survivors and genocide education, and in particular, for his expertise on artistic expression and genocide. He trained Polish teachers on Holocaust education, spoke at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem and frequently commented in the media on anything Holocaust- and genocide-related. Educators, scholars and survivors from around the world have been deeply influenced by Feinstein and are sending messages of condolence to his family and to the university.