Spring 2021 (virtual events)

International Holocaust Remembrance Day Zoom Event Header
Holocaust survivor, Erwin Forley,
to speak for International Holocaust Remembrance Day commemoration.  Co-sponsored by The Museum of Jewish Heritage, NYC.    view Event Poster
Tuesday, January 26th at 12:00pm – 1:30 pm  REGISTRATION LINK

Fall 2020 (virtual events)

Holocaust Survivors Speak – in commemoration of  Kristallnacht

Sami returns to Bergen to tell his story of surviving the HOLOCAUST – November 9  Monday 11:00 – 12:30 pm

PJR Speaker Sami SteigmannSami Steigmann  was born in 1939 in Bukovina, Romania. As a toddler Sami was subjected to cruel Nazi medical experimentation followed by starvation, in the Transnistria labor camp.  He suffered all of his life with chronic head, neck, and back pain.  His life was saved by a German woman who had access to the camp.  
If you missed it, you can view the recording.

Virtual Dialogue Series

Join us in an open dialogue without judgement. Listen to multiple, diverse perspectives that allow us to address racism in our society. Advanced sign-up required –
For more info, email Cristina Haedo, Facilitator, Student Services Counselor, chaedo@bergen.edu.

  • Racial Justice and Policing –  Tuesday, November 10, and Thursday November 12.
  • Identity -What’s your Story? Tuesday, October 13 and Thursday, October 15, 12 -1:30 pm
  • The Golden (Platinum )  Rule – Listen to Golden Rule Rap song
    Tuesday, October 20 and Thursday, October 22, 12 – 1:30 pm

Faculty should also explore opportunities for Dialogues from our partner at Facing History

Spring 2020

  • Annual Prahkin Literary Awards Ceremony – Wednesday, 1/29, 6:30pm, TEC-128
  • TEDx – 3/03, visit our TEDx page
  • Women’s History Book and Brunch: Women and War – 3/19
  • Literary Arts Series: Author’s on War – 3/24
  • Holocaust Commemorative Speaker, Paul Galan, Survivor – Thursday 4/02, 11am-12:30pm, C-211
    • Paul Galan was born in Czechoslovakia. He and his family were fortunate to survive the Holocaust through a series of unusual circumstances and good luck. He will share his unique story of survival. Despite the separation of his siblings, and family members sent to concentration camps, all of his immediate family miraculously survived and were reunited at the end of the war.
  • Dialogues on the Experience of War (three sessions in April; dates to be determined)

Fall 2019

  • No Man’s Land: Dialogues on the Experience of War – series of 3 weekly sessions beginning November 11 – S-134 – 6:30 pm. co-hosted by BCC’s Center for Veterans and Military Affairs.


Dr. Melissa Bilal, a native of the Istanbul Armenian community, will share her research from three generations of genocide survivors who continued living side-by-side with the people who murdered their loved ones, as well as survivor families of the 1930s’ Armenian exodus from the village of Burunkışla. Dr. Bilal will share how songs and stories were used as means of transmitting a memories within a framework of forgiveness and reconciliation. RSVP nbeylerian@bergen.edu

  • NIGHTINGALES, True Stories of Escape, Hope and Resilience – Mimi Melkonian, author. Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 7 p.m. – A-104
    11 million Syrians have been forced to flee their homes as a result of civil war. Melkonian profiles 16 inspiring migrants, including artists, musicians, intellectuals, and entrepreneurs, who left familiar surroundings and family, knowing they may never return.

Spring 2019

“No Man’s Land: Dialogues on the Experience of War” – series of 3 open sessions from 6 – 8 pm – C325. co-hosted by BCC’s Center for Veterans and Military Affairs.  Read: news.bergen.edu/100k-grant-spurs-programs-for-military-veterans 

Holocaust Remembrance – April 2019
co-sponsor: NJ Commission on Holocaust Education

  1. Monday, April 1, 11 am – 12:30 pm – TEC-128 – Iris Dorbian: INTERGENERATIONAL TRAUMA: Struggling With a Painful Legacy – In the Aftermath of the Camps.  As the daughter of Holocaust survivors. Iris speaks about her father’s Holocaust experiences and the effects his trauma had on her and her family. Hirsh Dorbian was 11 years old, when he and his family were arrested and separated. He spent six months following his liberation in a displaced persons camp, and a lifetime deeply traumatized.
  2. Wednesday, April 3, 11 am- 12:30 pm TEC-128 – HOLOCAUST Survivor Hidden Child in France – Simon Jeruchim  was born in Paris, France on December 25, 1929. In July 1942 the French police, collaborating with the Nazis, rounded up Jews in Paris to be sent to death camps. Simon’s parents were put in touch with neighbors, a compassionate gentile couple, connected with an underground network organized to save Jewish children. Twelve-year old Simon and his two siblings, fourteen and five, were sent in hiding in Normandy and placed separately with gentile families. Simon’s parents, while attempting to escape to the unoccupied zone of France, were arrested crossing the border, deported and murdered in Auschwitz. Simon and his siblings survived.

Monday, April 8, 11am – 12:40 pm A104Chris Nicola presents “No Place on Earth”.
American Cave Explorer, Chris Nicola narrates the story of how five Ukrainian Jewish families survived the Holocaust by taking refuge in a cave for over a year. He explains how he spent 10 years finding and interviewing the survivors, to confirm what he had accidentally discovered; Plus 10 years in bringing about both a book and documentary; : www.noplaceonearthfilm.com.
040819- Chris Nicola- No Place on Earth Holocaust Remembrance Lecture

Armenian Genocide – March -April 2019

  1. WORKSHOP for Educators
    Thursday, March 28 -PJR hosts Facing History  – a workshop for teaching “The Armenian Genocide “ – 9 – 1:30 pm – Examine the events leading up to the systematic murder of over one million Armenians, and the aftermath of such atrocity. Middle and High School educators welcome. See flyer for details.  RSVP – facinghistory.org/newyork/events
  2. Book presentation “Feast of Ashes” – by Sato Moughalian – Thursday, April 11, 7 pm – A-104
    The story of David Ohannessian, the renowned ceramicist who in 1919 founded the art of Armenian pottery in Jerusalem. Born in an isolated Anatolian mountain village, endured arrest and deportation in the Armenian Genocide, founded a new ceramics tradition in Jerusalem.

Early SPRING 2019 Holocaust Studies Events

  1. Tuesday, January 29, 12:30-1:30pm – Opening of the Exhibit: POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews Present ‘They Risked Their Lives: Poles Who Saved Jews During the Holocaust
  2. Thursday January 31 @5:30 pm TEC-128 – 12th Annual Student Award Ceremony – The Holocaust, Genocide and Stalinist Repression  
  3. Tuesday, February 19, 1:45-3:00pm A-104 – “Karski & Lords of Humanity” by Sławomir Grünberg: documentary film screening followed by Q&A
  4. Tuesday, February 26, 12:30-1:30 pm – “Resistance of the Heart” — presentation of the Rosenstrasse Protest on February 27, 1943, Berlin