The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
The Mission of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS) is to instill within current and future military leaders a sophisticated understanding of the Holocaust and other instances of genocide, and to inspire them to prevent future atrocities in their roles as military leaders. West Point’s CHGS has no equivalent. It operates as an inter-academy center, serving not just West Point, but the Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy, and Coast Guard. The Center also works with the Reserve Officer Training Corps, the Command General Staff College, the US Army War College, the National Defense University, the Marine Corps University, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. This reach, this ability to forge connections and make systemic change is unparalleled.
West Point’s Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies is the only center of its kind at the service academies and operates as an inter-academy and inter-service hub. The Center links all branches of the military, including the service academies, the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and Department of Defense (DoD) professional military education programs through research, interdisciplinary curricular development, and common programming for the development of military leaders. As a creator and facilitator, the Center serves as a key resource for the DoD as the nation seeks to find better means of detecting and preventing mass atrocity. The Center further connects the Armed Forces with civilian academic institutions and non-governmental entities world-wide. The unparalleled reach of the CHGS makes it distinct, allowing our country’s current and future leaders to think deeply about the causes, contests, and consequences of genocide.
The CHGS offers a range of programming designed to teach the causes, contexts, and consequences of the Holocaust and other instances of genocide and mass atrocity;
- It instills within cadets and military leaders a deep sense of history, ethics, and responsibility;
- It works across disciplines to produce innovative and wide-ranging approaches to the problem of mass atrocity;
- It facilitates collaboration between service academies and global experts, partner organizations and non-governmental organization to produce novel Holocaust/Genocide Studies curricular materials and research;
- It produces practical, actionable knowledge useful to future officers from all service academies, the DoD, the nation and the global community.
News & Developments
- Read the most recent Pointer View article on the CHGS.
- Captain Benjamin Dratch spoke at the annual Auschwitz Jewish Center dinner in June 2016. This is the text of his speech .
- MSG Roddie Edmonds designated the first American service member to be named " Righteous among the Nations ." The West Point CHGS is creating a leadership vignette for cadet education based on his story.
- The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum publish Ordinary Soldiers. In August 2016, ROTC Command adopted the case study as part of its national curriculum to teach the Law of Armed Conflict.
- Cadets, Midshipmen, Air Force Cadets compete to design Mass Atrocity Early Warning Mobile Application .
- Dr. James Waller, publishes Confronting Evil - Engaging Our Responsibility to Prevent Genocide .
- Dr. Scott Straus publishes Fundamentals of Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention .
- Daughter of WWI Medal of Honor Recipient SGT William Shemin speaks at West Point. Read about it in the Pointer View .
- Madeleine Albright receives Thayer Award , West Point's most prestigious honor.
- Update of the Obama Administration's comprehensive efforts to prevent mass atrocity through April 2013 .
- Atrocity Prevention and Response now part of Joint Doctrine . (Appendix B, “Mass Atrocity Response Operations,” in Peace Operations, JP 3-07.3 (01 August 2012)
- New US Strategy towards sub-Saharan Africa includes mass atrocity prevention and mitigation. To read more, click here.
- A Comprehensive Strategy and New Tools to Prevent and Respond to Atrocities
- Obama Tackles Mass Atrocities
- Harvard Kennedy School on Army's response to mass atrocities