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Name of Creator:Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Holocaust Awareness Committee.
Title:Holocaust Awareness Committee records
Date:1984–2010 (bulk 1991–1999)
Reference Code:A67
Location Code:29/3, FF5/D5
Extent:1.4 cubic ft. (4 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract:This collection documents the activities and programs of the Northeastern University Holocaust Awareness Committee, from its inception in 1991. Included in the collection are correspondence, meeting minutes, news clippings, brochures, posters, photographs, and flyers related to planning and advertising Holocaust Awareness Week (HAW) activities. Among these activities are those for Yom Hashoah, the day of Holocaust remembrance. Also included is a brief biography of Minister Dietrich Bonhöeffer who was one of the many who resisted Nazi ideologies and were later executed for treason. The bulk of the collection is comprised of correspondence and brochures and posters from HAW events, such as the Robert Salomon Morton and Philip N. Backstrom, Jr. lecture series film screenings and Yom Hashoah (Day of Remembrance) Events. There is also material from the HAC's interaction with Yad Vashem, the Holocaust martyrs' and heroes' research facility and memorial in Jerusalem. The HAC's by–laws and constitution are found in the first folder titled, “Scrapbook.” Notes on the events of the Holocaust Awareness committee and other miscellaneous correspondence are in three folders titled, “General.”Although most materials relating to Holocaust Remembrance prior to the creation of the HAC are in the Office of Spiritual Life records some pre–HAC material is included in this collection.
Historical Abstract:The Northeastern University (NU) Holocaust Awareness Committee (HAC) was organized in 1991 and is affiliated with the NU Office of Spiritual Life. Prior to HAC's organization in 1991, NU had an annual Holocaust Remembrance Week, which was organized by the Office of Spiritual Life between 1977 and 1991. Membership includes NU students, faculty, and staff of various religious and ethnic backgrounds. The HAC's primary purpose is to remember the Holocaust, not only as a historical fact and a memorial to its millions of victims, but also as a warning for the future. The HAC presents programs that bear witness to the Holocaust and explore issues arising out of the War of Extermination against Jews and other groups targeted by the Nazis. NU has held annual Holocaust Remembrance programs since 1977.
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System of Arrangement:Arranged in one alphabetical sequence.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939–1945)––Influence.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Holocaust Awareness Committee.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Office of Spiritual Life.

Conditions Governing Access:Administrative records (box 1, folders 2, 12–13 and box 2, folders 1–5) are closed for 25 years from the date of their creation, unless researchers have written permission from the creating office.
Related Archival Materials:

The archives also holds video recordings of the HAC speakers, except for 2009.

Processor:Finding aid prepared by Irina Tsiklik, January 5, 2011