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Superintendent LTG Robert Caslen conducts Cadet Review with Madeleine Albright, the 2013 Thayer Award winner. Secretary Albright received the Thayer Award in recognition for her exceptional Public Service and her leading role in Atrocity Prevention.
President Obama and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel announce the creation of an Atrocity Prevention Board and cite a Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies program
Cadets at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum view memorial tiles. Credit: Miriam Lomaskin, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Dr. Amy Krakowka, Major Dylan Malcomb and cadets conduct field study on the relationship between water and vulnerability in Uganda. Photo taken on the farm of Dr. Fredrick Tumwines of Makerere University.
Cadets (L-R) Evan Kowalski, Erin Kocher, Robert Hooley, and Anthony Veith, all students in West Point's first elective on the Holocaust, participating in a special program on law, the legal profession and the Holocaust at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. February 2014 Credit: Miriam Lomaskin, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Norwich University cadets discussing law and leadership using the "Ordinary Soldiers" lesson. More on the "Ordinary Soldiers" project can be found on the CHGS research page.
Cadet Elliott Williams with Holocaust survivor and writer, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, June 2014. Credit: Melanie Einzig, Museum of Jewish Heritage
Participants in the 2013 Mass Atrocity Education Workshop included faculty from West Point, the Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy and the Coast Guard Academy.
Major General Charles Hooper, former AFRICOM Chief of Strategy, Plans and Programs and Dr. David Frey, Director of the Center of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, during MG Hooper's visit to West Point.
The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at West Point and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum jointly published Ordinary Soldier: A Study in Ethics, Law and Leadership. Look below at the "News" section of our page, for more information.

Welcome to the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies


The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at West Point educates the Corps of Cadets about genocide and mass atrocity and inspires them as officers to the cause of prevention. Intrinsic to this mission is the imperative to better educate the country’s current and future military leaders on how genocides have occurred in the past and what can be done to prevent them in the future.
West Point’s Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies is the only center of its kind at the service academies and has already begun operating as an inter-academy hub. The center seeks to link all branches of the military, including the service academies, the Reserve Officer Training Corps and Department of Defense (DoD) advanced education programs, through research, curricular development, and common programming for the development of cadets and midshipmen. The center further serves to link the Armed Forces with civilian academic institutions and non-governmental entities. Thus, the center acts as a creator and facilitator, serving as a key resource for the DoD as the nation seeks to find better means of preventing mass atrocity. 
  • The CHGS will offer a range of programming designed to teach the causes, contexts, and conse¬quences of the Holocaust and other instances of genocide;
  • It will instill within cadets a deep sense of history, ethics, and responsibility;
  • It will work across disciplines to produce innovative and wide-ranging approaches to the problem of mass atrocity;
  • It will produce practical, actionable knowledge useful to cadets, the Army, the DoD and the nation.
  • Policy Updates
  • To view an update of the Administration's comprehensive efforts to prevent mass atrocity through April 2013, click here.


  • New US Strategy towards sub-Saharan Africa includes mass atrocity prevention and mitigation. To read more, click here.