Your gift to The Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity supports students engaged in studying ethnic and religious conflicts and the attendant human rights abuses. Recognized as a member of the Association of Holocaust Organizations in the United States, the Ray Wolpow Institute was founded in 2016 and is named for Western professor Dr. Ray Wolpow, who taught courses in Secondary Education until his retirement in 2014.
Under the direction of Western German professor Dr. Sandra Alfers, The Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity hosted speakers Deborah E. Lipstadt, Professor Michael Berenbaum, Holocaust survivor Noémi Ban, and other important figures in the world of Holocaust studies.
The Wolpow Institute also recognizes students for leadership in their community. A gift to the Kohlmeier Mikulencak Scholarship supports a student who exhibits strong character and generosity. This year’s scholarship was awarded in honor of Arthur Poznanski (1927-2009), a Holocaust survivor who survived Buchenwald concentration camp, starvation, slave labor, and ultimately escaped from a transport despite being severely wounded.