Holocaust Awareness Institute

Bringing the knowledge and experience of Holocaust survivors and scholars to DU's Judaic Studies programs, the Holocaust Awareness Institute works to preserve and share a detailed history of one of the world's most vicious atrocities.

Established in 1983, the Holocaust Awareness Institute is a campus and community resource for coursework, educational resources, guest lectures and other community partnerships. The institute is a leading agent in the region for promoting education about the Shoah, or Holocaust, and offers multicultural explorations of the Holocaust's continuing significance in today's world.

A member of the worldwide Association of Holocaust Organizations (AHO), the Institute also works closely with partners and institutions such as the Colorado Holocaust Educators and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM).

With support from the Rose Community Foundation, HAI has created the “Survival & Witness” website to support Colorado's newly legislated statewide education mandate for Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Colorado Public Schools (HB20-1336). The website presents interactive, narrative profiles of Holocaust survivors who made Colorado their home. Drawing on archival materials and first-hand testimony, the website is mapped to existing lesson plans and will be aligned with the Colorado educational standards now in development under the new educational mandate.

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Our primary mission at HAI is education, with many faculty courses at DU geared toward Holocaust-related material and numerous learning opportunities available outside of DU. We are committed to sharing our mission of learning with our community and across the Front Range through our programs and events.

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The Holocaust Awareness Institute is dedicated to furthering education about the Holocaust and its significance for current and future generations. Our public programs present new scholarship and perspectives on the Holocaust, commemorate the countless lives lost, and pay tribute to the stories of those who survived.

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Survival & Witness: Resources for Teachers & Students

With support from the Rose Community Foundation, we are able to launch this new, online platform for learning with updated, digitized curriculum offering free access to teachers throughout the state to aid in Holocaust education.

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