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The OCC Center for Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education

It’s Official! The Center Has a New Name!

Ocean County College Center for Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education fosters student and community understanding of the causes and legacy of the Holocaust and other genocides such as the Armenian genocide, to create an acute awareness of contemporary human rights abuses locally, nationally, and globally through lectures, exhibits, and events. Please visit our website often to see what programs are forthcoming.

If you have any questions or suggestions for future programs and presenters, please contact:

Dr. Ali Botein-Furrevig, Associate Professor of English, and Director of the Center for Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Education
Location: W. Kable Russell Building (#7), Room 227
Phone: 732.255.0400, Ext. 2368


Our Mission Statement

The core mission of the Ocean County College Center for Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education at Ocean County College is to serve the college and community by offering innovative educational programs and events which foster awareness of the Holocaust, genocides, and other crimes against humanity, and which advance ongoing dialogue about the pernicious consequences of bigotry, ethnic hatred, indifference, and intolerance. To this end, the Center will:

  • Regularly invite distinguished speakers to discuss topics regarding the Holocaust, genocides, and human rights.
  • Encourage student involvement in the work of the Center and in the pursuit of further study on issues pertinent to genocides and human rights, including an understanding of the various systemic stages of genocide and recognition of the signs and symptoms of prejudice and intolerance.
  • Introduce to the community, timely and frequent discussion of local, national, and global issues relevant to the mission of the Center.
  • Cultivate a campus climate that encourages reflection upon moral and ethical questions, so that students can become engaged and informed citizens committed to mutual respect and justice.
  • Maintain a program of outreach to local schools to engage students in the Center’s programs and to be a resource center for further study in holocaust and genocide studies, as well as cultural diversity.
  • Sponsor Yom haShoah, a week of Holocaust Remembrance events, including: personal testimonies and experiences of survivors; scholarly historical presentations; workshops; memorial prayer services; film, art, and music programs relative to the Holocaust.
Past Events

“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”

Elie Wiesel (1928-2016) Born in Transylvania. Holocaust survivor, Nobel Prize winning writer, teacher, activist speaking out against persecution and injustice around the globe.

“The highest result of education is tolerance.”

Helen Keller (1880-1968) American author and educator who was blind and deaf.


She holds a BA, MA, and Ph.D. in English literature and was a recipient of a fellowship in 2009 to study Eastern European Jewry at YIVO Institute in NY. She also developed and taught courses in both Jewish and Holocaust Literature and The History and The Culture of the Jewish People. Dr. Botein is the author of two award-winning books: Heart of the Stranger: A Portrait of Lakewood’s Orthodox Community and Last Waltzon the Danube: The Ethnic German Genocide in History and Memory. She also serves as the college’s liaison with the Lakewood Orthodox community to develop educational partnerships with OCC, and is a popular speaker throughout NJ and NY on all facets of Jewish culture.


Please contact:
Ali Botein Furrevig, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English and Literature &
Director of the Center for Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Education.

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