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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 Bill Clinton Addresses the Corps of Cadets in Eisenhower Hall at the United States Military Academy, 14 October 2015 Former President Obama and the late 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 (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 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. 2016 JSAMAPS participants with Secretary of the Army, Patrick Murphy.
Photo credit: Miriam Lomaskin, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum West Point Cadet Scott Pofahl created an impressive graphic novel depicting the "Al Anfal" genocidal campaign against Kurdish Iraqis as part of his XH 415 research project. Dr. Peggy ODonnell is the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies’ first Postdoctoral Fellow in Genocide and Atrocity Studies. She arrived at West Point in July 2016 after receiving a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Welcome to the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies


The Mission of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS) is to instill within current and future military leaders a sophisticated understanding of the Holocaust and other instances of genocide, and to inspire them to prevent future atrocities in their roles as military leaders.  West Point’s CHGS has no equivalent.  It operates as an inter-academy center, serving not just West Point, but the Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy, and Coast Guard.   The Center also works with the Reserve Officer Training Corps, the Command General Staff College, the US Army War College, the National Defense University, the Marine Corps University, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.  This reach, this ability to forge connections and make systemic change is unparalleled.


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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