International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2024

History Professor Ronen Steinberg teaching the "History and Theory of Genocide" course in Old Hort in Spring, 2024. Photo credit: Jackie Belden Hawthorne


This month, we observe "International Holocaust Remembrance Day" on January 27th. The date marks the anniversary of the first liberation of a Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp. International Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorates the millions of Holocaust victims and reminds individuals of our collective responsibility to address residual traumas, maintain effective remembrance policies, care for historic sites, and promote further education, documentation and research.


Diversity Champion

Diversity Champion

Dr. Ronen Steinberg is an Associate Professor in MSU's History Department. Dr. Steinberg teaches courses on modern European history, the history and theory of genocide, transitional justice and human rights. He emphasizes a focus with his students on how different disciplines in the social sciences approach the subject of genocide.

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Diversity Torch

Diversity Torch

Jacob Starner is a senior at MSU studying Economics with a minor in Jewish studies through The Michael and Elain Sterling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel. He is heavily involved in the on-campus Jewish community, participating in activities with the Jewish Learning Center and MSU Hillel.

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Diversity Spotlight

Diversity Spotlight

Simon Stratford graduated from the College of Social Science with a degree in social work and completed a minor in Jewish studies. Having completed rabbinical school and being ordained in 2017, Stratford currently serves as Associate Rabbi and Director of Lifelong Learning at Temple Sholom of Cincinnati.

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Additional Resources

  • Diaries and Memoirs
    • Delbo, Charlotte. Auschwitz and After, 1995
    • Levi, Primo. Survival in Auschwitz.
    • Karski, Jan. Story of a Secret State, 2014.
    • Lewin, Abraham. A Cup of Tears: A Diary of the Warsaw Ghetto, 1988.
    • Ringelblum, Emanuel. Notes from the Warsaw Ghetto: The Journal of Emmanuel Ringelblum, 1974.
    • Sierakowiak, Dawid. The Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak
  • Academic Textbooks
    • Bergen, Doris. War and Genocide, 3rd edition. Rowman and Littlefield, 2016.
    • Friedlander, Saul. Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1933-1945, Abridged Edition. Harper Perennial, 2009.
    • Hayes, Peter. Why? Explaining the Holocaust. W.W. Norton, 2018.
    • Ofer, Dalia, ed. Women in the Holocaust. Yale University Press, 2012.
    • Wolf Gruner. Resisters. Yale University Press, 2023.
    • Amy Simon. Emotions in Yiddish Ghetto Diaries. Routledge, 2023.
  • Academic Monographs
    • Kassow, Samuel. Who Will Write Our History? Vintage, 2009.
    • Bartov, Omer. Anatomy of a Genocide. Simon and Schuster, 2019.
    • Browning, Christopher. Ordinary Men. Harper Perennial, revised version, 2017.
    • Fulbrook, Mary. A Small Town Near Auschwitz. OUP, 2013.
    • Gross, Jan. Neighbors. Penguin, 2002.
  • Films
    • Conspiracy
    • The Grey Zone
    • Schindler's List
    • The Pianist
    • The Photographer
    • Night and Fog
    • Shoah
    • Defiance
    • Denial