Center for Judaic, Holocaust & Genocide Studies

Center logoThe Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies at FGCU increases knowledge and understanding about the Holocaust and other genocides, as well as strengthening the democratic institutions that can confront genocide and other threats to human rights, such as intolerance, antisemitism, racism and ignorance.



The Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies condemns in the strongest possible manner the heinous attacks that took place on Friday, March 15, 2019, on two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch, carried out by a self-described White Nationalist, Australian citizen Brenton Tarrant.

That same morning, at a conference held under the auspices of the FGCU Philosophy program entitled “Freedom, Speech, and Society,” Center Director Dr. Paul Bartrop relayed the words of the New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, who stated that “Many of the victims may be immigrants, and may even be refugees. They have chosen to make New Zealand their home, and it is their home. They are us.

Dr. Bartrop then delivered an address discussing the process by which perpetrators of evil deeds divide societies according to who is to be excluded as the “Other” – those who are not “us.” He also dedicated his address “to my New Zealand brothers and sisters who were murdered today while standing before God in prayer.”

Lest we forget.




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CLOSED BORDERS: The International Refugee Conference of Évian 1938

International Refugee ConferenceIn September 2018 the Center Director, Dr. Paul Bartrop, attended a symposium in Berlin, Germany, commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Évian Conference on refugees. Accompanying the symposium was a major exhibition on the Évian Conference.

The Center for Research on Antisemitism (ZfA) at the Technical University Berlin and the German Resistance Memorial Center have now announced the internet launch of that special exhibition, Closed Borders: The International Refugee Conference of Évian 1938.

In July 1938, representatives of 32 countries met in the fashionable resort of Évian-les-Bains, on the French shore of Lake Geneva, charged with the task of finding a solution to the mass exodus of European Jews triggered by the policies of the Nazi Party. Most participating countries refused to accept additional refugees. The Évian Conference became a symbol of how the international community largely abandoned those German and Austrian Jews who urgently needed refuge. Visit the online resource.

Contact Information

Dr. Paul Bartrop
Director of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust & Genocide Studies
Professor of History, FGCU
Phone: (239) 590-7239
Office: LIB 332

Jessica Evers, MA
Associate Director of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust & Genocide Studies
Academic Advisor, FGCU
Phone: (239) 745-4404