CLASS College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Youngstown State University
Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies  


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The Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies at Youngstown State University is the product of the efforts of both university and Youngstown community members. The program is housed in the Department of History at Youngstown State University.

Calendar of Events

Jewish Film Festival - Film 1

Tuesday September 9th, 7PM - Encore Cinema Niles

The Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies is partnering with the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Youngstown to present our first of three films for the Fall 2014 semester. This film is called The Jewish Cardinal. 

Youngstown Area Jewish Film Festival

October 6, 2013 - October 29, 2013

The 11th annual Youngstown Area Jewish Film Festival will be held at theaters around the Valley.  Film passes can be purchased and a full list of films will be posted on the film festival's website located at


Holocaust Survivor Gerda Weissman Klein

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 7 pm

Chestnut Room, Kilcawley Center 

Holocaust Survivor and Presidential Medal of Freedom Winner Gerda Weissman Klein will speak about her experiences during the Holocaust.  The talk will be preceeded by the 40 minute Oscar winning documentary film made about her experiences. 


Bus Trip to the US Holocaust Museum in D.C.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

The 8th annual bus trip to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will be held on November 17, 2013.  The bus will depart from YSU at 4:30 am and return at 11:30 pm.  The cost to students is $10/per person. A sign up will be posted closer to the date.  For those who wish to take the bus trip for credit and guarentee a space on the bus, you can sign up for Judaic 3751 which is an online class worth 3 credits. Students wishing to go on the trip should sign up by clicking on this link: 


Demjanjuk Trial Talk

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 7 pm

Gallery Room, Kilcawley Center

Professor Lawrence Douglas from Amherst College will talk about the Demjanjuk Trial.  Professor Lawrence has written a book about the trial of John Demjanjuk, a local man who was accused of being a guard at a Death Camp. 



Contact Us

The Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies office is located in Room 524 of DeBartolo Hall on the Youngstown State University campus. The Center houses a collection of Judaic and Holocaust Studies resource material and is open to students and the community.

To contact us, please write to:

Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies
Youngstown State University
Youngstown, OH 44555
judaic AT ysu DOT edu

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