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May 21, 2013

Salem State University to open Holocaust, genocide studies center


Another key player in this joint effort is Rob McAndrews, a professor of social work at Salem State and president of the board of the Peabody center. McAndrews and Mauriello will be co-coordinators of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

Although a campus site has not been selected, Salem State has committed to providing “real quality space,” according to Mauriello, that will include faculty offices, a conference room and an area to display rotating exhibits.

Under the agreement, archival material from the Peabody center, which includes video interviews with more than 100 Holocaust survivors and a number of artifacts, will move to Salem State.

As a result of the Cummings Foundation grant, many related efforts are underway or being planned, including establishment of a lecture series and teacher education programs.

In addition, a student group from Salem State went to Germany this spring for a one-week institute on “Nazi Germany and the Holocaust,” and courses begin this summer in a graduate certificate program in Holocaust and genocide studies.

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