Documenting the Local Impact of the Holocaust
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 broader New York City and Long Island communities, 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
The Kupferberg Holocaust Center has served as a national demonstration site for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) since 2011. This recognition showcases the KHC as a cultural center that provides programs and offerings which positively impact QCC’s humanities curriculum and shares that information on a national level. To establish an endowment in continuance of those effects in perpetuity, over a million dollars was raised and subsequently matched by the NEH. 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.
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.