AMHERST – The University of Massachusetts has opened the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies at 758 North Pleasant St. It will be the permanent home for an exhibit once housed in Springfield.
Distinguished Professor James E. Young, an internationally renowned scholar of Holocaust and memory studies, is the director of the institute.
The Holocaust teaching exhibition, “A Reason to Remember: Roth Germany, 1933-1942,” formerly in the Hatikvah Holocaust Education Center in Springfield was donated to the university by the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts in November 2010.
The Hatikvah center, housed in a building attached to the Springfield Jewish Community Center, ceased operations at the end of September due to lack of funding.
“The Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies UMass Amherst will be a locus for research and teaching on the Holocaust, as well as on the memory and representation of this and other acts of genocide,” Young said in a press release.
The institute will focus on teaching and research, hold public events and lectures, and house permanent and temporary exhibitions, collections of research archives, library, and multiple media such as video and audio testimony, film, art and photography.