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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.
2013 USMA Day of Remembrance speaker, Jack Terry, M.D.
COL Pilar Ryan, representing the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, speaking at a November 2012 Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention training workshop at the United States Memorial Holocaust Museum. COL Ryan's participation in the workshop, hosted by the Museum in conjunction with the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute, highlighted the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies contributions to the inter-agency, interdisciplinary, and cross-departmental initiatives related to mass atrocity education and prevention in the Armed Forces and beyond.
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
Participants in the Auschwitz Jewish Center Foundation's American Service Academies Program
American Service Academies Program participants with Polish officers, cadets, and Ms. Kaya Mirecka Ploss
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.
Cadets take part in the Beitler Family Foundation program at the 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.
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.

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.
  • News
  • 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.





  • To read about the Army's response to mass atrocities, click here
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