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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 CPT David Krueger, USMA ’07 and a participant in the American Service Academies Program, speaks about the influence studying the Holocaust and the Armenian genocide had on his development at the Museum of Jewish Heritage.  Photo credit: Ben Asen, Museum of Jewish Heritage Ms. Ruth Minsky Senderowicz, survivor of the Lwow ghetto, the Auschwitz death camp, the Mittelsteine and Grafenort labor camps, recounted her tragic experiences to over three hundred cadets, faculty, community members and invited guests at the 2015 Holocaust Day of Remembrance commemoration.  Ms. Senderowicz has written three memoirs:  The Cage, To Life, and Holocaust Lady. (L-R) Midshipwoman Brigid Kennedy, Cadet Micah Gahagen, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, and Cadet Nathanael Thomas at the Museum of Jewish Heritage 2015 American Service Academies Program dinner.  Photo credit Ben Asen, Museum of Jewish Heritage 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 Norwich University cadets discussing law and leadership using the "Ordinary Soldiers" lesson.  More on the "Ordinary Soldiers" project can be found on the <a href="/chgs/SitePages/Research%20and%20Internships.aspx">CHGS research page</a>.
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. Participants in the 2015 American Service Academies Program mug for the camera with staff from the Auschwitz Jewish Center.  Photo credit: Ben Asen, Museum of Jewish Heritage 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 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 (CHGS) 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 operates as an inter-academy and inter-service hub. The Center links all branches of the military, including the service academies, the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and Department of Defense (DoD) professional military education programs through research, interdisciplinary curricular development, and common programming for the development of military leaders. As a creator and facilitator, the Center serves as a key resource for the DoD as the nation seeks to find better means of detecting and preventing mass atrocity.  The Center further connects the Armed Forces with civilian academic institutions and non-governmental entities world-wide. The unparalleled reach of the CHGS makes it distinct, allowing our country’s current and future leaders to think deeply about the causes, contests, and consequences of genocide. 

•    The CHGS offers a range of programming designed to teach the causes, contexts, and consequences of the Holocaust and other instances of genocide and mass atrocity;
•    It instills within cadets and military leaders a deep sense of history, ethics, and responsibility;
•    It works across disciplines to produce innovative and wide-ranging approaches to the problem of mass atrocity;
•    It facilitates collaboration between service academies and global experts, partner organizations and non-governmental organization to produce novel Holocaust/Genocide Studies curricular materials and research;
•    It produces practical, actionable knowledge useful to future officers from all service academies, the DoD, the nation and the global community.

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  • 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.