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Holocaust Awareness Committee records

Identifier: A67
The Northeastern University (NU) Holocaust Awareness Committee (HAC) was organized in 1991 and is affiliated with the NU Office of Spiritual Life. Prior to HAC's organization in 1991, NU had an annual Holocaust Remembrance Week, which was organized by the Office of Religious Life (later renamed the Office of Spiritual Life) between 1977 and 1991. Membership includes NU students, faculty, and staff of various religious and ethnic backgrounds. The HAC's primary purpose is to remember the Holocaust, not only as a historical fact and a memorial to its millions of victims, but also as a warning for the future. The HAC presents programs that bear witness to the Holocaust and explore issues arising out of the War of Extermination against Jews and other groups targeted by the Nazis. NU has held annual Holocaust Remembrance programs since 1977. By 2000 Holocaust Awareness Week featured several annual events including a yearly breakfast hosted by the University President, the Robert Salomon Morton Lecture, a film screening, and the Philip N. Backstrom, Jr. Annual Holocaust Survivor Lecture Series. In 2010, the HAC became a standing committee within the College of Social Science and Humanities, with the Ruderman professor of Jewish Studies serving as a member ex officio and ordinarily chaired by the Stotsky Professor. In the early 2010s, the Northeastern Law School took over hosting the annual memorial service on Yom HaShoah, in addition to sponsoring lectures of its own. In 2012, the annual film series was named in honor of Bill Giessen.

This collection documents the activities and programs of the Northeastern University Holocaust Awareness Committee, from its inception in 1991. Included in the collection are correspondence, meeting minutes, news clippings, brochures, posters, photographs, and flyers related to planning and advertising Holocaust Awareness Week (HAW) activities. Among these activities are those for Yom Hashoah, the day of Holocaust remembrance. Also included is a brief biography of Minister Dietrich Bonhöeffer who was one of the many who resisted Nazi ideologies and were later executed for treason. The bulk of the collection is comprised of correspondence and brochures and posters from HAW events, such as the Robert Salomon Morton and Philip N. Backstrom, Jr. lecture series film screenings and Yom Hashoah (Day of Remembrance) Events. There is also material from the HAC's interaction with Yad Vashem, the Holocaust martyrs' and heroes' research facility and memorial in Jerusalem. The HAC's by-laws and constitution are found in the first folder titled, “Scrapbook.” Notes on the events of the Holocaust Awareness committee and other miscellaneous correspondence are in three folders titled, “General.”Although most materials relating to Holocaust Remembrance prior to the creation of the HAC are in the Office of Spiritual Life records some pre-HAC material is included in this collection.


  • 1984-2010 (bulk 1991-1999)


Conditions Governing Access:

Administrative records (box 1, folders 2, 12-13 and box 2, folders 1-5) are closed for 25 years from the date of their creation, unless researchers have written permission from the creating office.


1.4 cubic ft. (4 boxes)

System of Arrangement:

Arranged in one alphabetical sequence.

Physical Location

29/3, FF5/D5

Related Archival Materials:

The archives also holds video recordings of the HAC speakers, except for 2009.


  • The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority website: (accessed March 11, 2009).
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Office of Spiritual Life records, 1961-2000 (A64). Boxes 4-5. 2003.
  • Northeastern University Holocaust Awareness Committee website: (accessed March 11, 2009).
Finding aid for the Holocaust Awareness Committee Records
Finding aid prepared by Irina Tsiklik
January 5, 2011
Language of description
Description is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections Repository

92 Snell Library
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston MA 02115 US