About Us

Situating Local Memories Globally

The Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC) was established in 1983 as one of the first research archives devoted to the Holocaust on the East Coast. We have since become an educational resource for Queensborough Community College, the City University of New York, the greater New York City area, and beyond. Our mission is to use the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism, and stereotyping. In doing so, we teach and empower citizens to become agents of positive social change in their lives and in their communities.

Our permanent exhibition tells the story of the Holocaust in Germany, from pre-World War II through to the end of the war. It includes a mixture of local artifacts and archival materials from the KHC’s collection, including historical audio and film clips as well as video testimonies from local Holocaust survivors reflecting upon their experiences. Our facilities also include an additional gallery space for rotating exhibitions as well as a specialized library. We offer approximately twenty public programs and special events for Holocaust survivors, as well as host over 150+ tours reaching over 2,000 students and community members.

Annual NEH Colloquia Series

QCC was one of six community colleges nationwide chosen in 2011 by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to receive a Challenge Grant for Two-Year Colleges to strengthen their humanities programs and resources. The KHC was at the heart of this grant and of our efforts to serve as a model of excellence in enriching students’ experiences and deepening their understanding of differences among cultures. Programming includes annual colloquia on global human rights and mass atrocity issues designed and led by College faculty to engage Queensborough’s diverse student population and the surrounding communities.

KHC-NEH Colloquia Grant Overview

Internships & Fellowships

The KHC regularly hosts students and emerging scholars as interns and fellows from across the QCC campus and the greater New York metropolitan area who come to learn about and engage with the complex historical and social lessons connected to the Center’s exhibits and activities. Through public programs, our annual NEH Colloquia series, and curatorial assignments, students are provided with the opportunity to discuss the Holocaust, hate crimes, genocide, and mass atrocity through open dialogue.