Dedicated to the preservation of Holocaust memory and the advancement of genocide and human rights education at the College of Charleston and beyond

Holocaust Survivors gather at Charleston Memorial, 2000 | Photo credit: Bill Aron

“It happened, and therefore it can happen again: that is the core of what we have to say.”

– Primo Levi

The Zucker/Goldberg Center for Holocaust Studies is dedicated to the provision of learning opportunities for students at the College of Charleston, our community members in the South Carolina Lowcountry, and to interested individuals worldwide through our virtual resources. The activities and initiatives of the Center are motivated by a belief that knowledge of Holocaust history and human rights are pivotally important aspects of “education for citizenship” in the world of today. 

The Center was founded to preserve the memory of Holocaust victims and educate future generations about these events and their lasting legacies. We believe that learning is the path to a world in which “Never Again” is a reality, not just a hope.

The Holocaust Memorial in Charleston, SC

About the Zucker/Goldberg Center for Holocaust Studies

The Center provides regular courses on the Holocaust, antisemitism, genocide, and related topics in addition to hosting regular visiting lectures at the College of Charleston. We further provide funding support for students of the College focusing in these topics here in Charleston, in exchange to other institutions in the US, and for study abroad. 

The Zucker/Goldberg Center also works with the wonderful staff at Addlestone Library Special Collections to preserve the artifacts, recordings, and writings of Holocaust survivors, liberators, and their descendants living in the South Carolina Lowcountry. See our Events page and follow us on social media to find out what we have planned next.

Elie Weisel at CofC in 2011

Assistant Professor Chad Gibbs

Chad Gibbs joined the College of Charleston as assistant professor of Jewish studies and director of the Zucker/Goldberg Center in fall 2021.  Professor Gibbs teaches the history of the Holocaust, antisemitism, comparative genocide, and related topics. His research interests include Jewish resistance to the Holocaust, gender studies, memory and memorialization, and oral history. 

In his current project, Professor Gibbs uses spatial and social network analyses to expand our understanding of resistance and survival at the Nazi extermination camp Treblinka. Those interested in his work should see his professional website here. He attained his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, his MA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and his BA from the University of Wyoming. Before entering academic life, Professor Gibbs served in the US Army, including deployment to Iraq. 

Post & Courier Yom HaShoah Educational Section

The Yom HaShoah Special Educational section is a yearly collaborative effort of the Post & Courier, the Charleston Jewish Federation, and other local stakeholders. For the current 2022 edition, Professor Chad Gibbs had the honor of acting as historian of record and writing three major elements of content.

The Zucker/Goldberg Center for Holocaust Studies will continue to be involved with the production of the supplement in years to come. Educators and others can always access the section free of charge. 

Upcoming Events

February 2023
Feb 28
February 28, 2023

Today’s news is awash in reports of atrocities committed by Russia’s Army in Ukraine. Since February 2021, coverage of targeted killings, rape, and the deliberate destruction of civilian homes has come to dominate our front pages. West Point Professor David Frey will discuss why Putin’s armed forces are prone to the commission of such crimes and how atrocity became the Russian way of war. This event is a first co-sponsorship of the Zucker/Goldberg Center for Holocaust Studies and the Citadel History Department.

March 2023
Mar 22
March 22, 2023
Rita Liddy Hollings Science Center, 58 Coming Street
Charleston,, SC 29401 United States

Father Patrick Desbois is one of the premier voices for human rights, Holocaust remembrance, and genocide prevention in our times. For years, he and his group Yahad-In Unum have crisscrossed Eastern Europe mapping more than 2,000 sites of Nazi mass shootings and more recently documented ISIS crimes against the Yazidi people in Iraq. The Zucker/Goldberg Center for Holocaust Studies is honored to host his visit to the College of Charleston.

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