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 The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and American University 

American University’s Jewish Studies Program works closely with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), located in downtown Washington, D.C., to offer AU students opportunities to deepen their knowledge of the Holocaust. AU students intern and volunteer at the USHMM, and the Jewish Studies Program, Department of History, and the USHMM collaborate on a jointly sponsored Holocaust Studies Forum.

American University students may intern at the USHMM, where they work with museum staff, scholars, and the public. Internships are assigned as needed, but in the past AU students have interned in the USHMM’s Archives Division, Collections Division, Survivors Registry Commission, Committee on Conscience, Education Division, and Film and Video Archives. For more information and to apply to intern, visit http://www.ushmm.org/museum/volunteer_intern/intern/

The USHMM welcomes volunteers dedicated to educating the public about the Holocaust. Volunteers at the museum may work in the many divisions of the museum, including Visitors Services, the Learning Center, Educational Programs and Tour Guides, Genocide Prevention, and Behind-the-Scenes. For more information, and to apply, visit: http://www.ushmm.org/museum/volunteer_intern/volunteer/

Holocaust Studies Forum  
The Holocaust Studies Forum is jointly sponsored by the AU Department of History, the AU Jewish Studies Program and the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Inaugurated in the fall of 2009, the Forum brings leading scholars in Holocaust Studies, including the Center’s fellows and staff historians, to American University for public lectures and discussions.

The 2012-2013 lecture series included:

  • "Understanding Local Genocide: A Galician Town in the Time of the Holocaust,” Omer Bartov, J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Senior Scholar-in-Residence Fellow, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies

  • “Home and Homelessness,” Miriam Isaacs, “Life Reborn” Fellowship for the Study of Displaced Persons, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies