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Center for Judaic Studies


Holocaust Awareness Institute

Promoting Holocaust awareness and education in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region

The Holocaust Awareness Institute (HAI) works within the Jewish community, the University of Denver and with people of all faiths and cultures to explore the meaning of the Shoah and its lessons for future generations.

HAI is a campus and community resource for coursework, teacher trainings, education materials and programming and is a leading agent in the region for promoting education about the Holocaust and related ethical and social justice issues.


Education is the key to never forgetting. It is in this spirit that CJS and DU are working, with your help, to endow a chair in Holocaust studies. The Endowed Chair of Holocaust Studies is a visionary scholar and a leading voice in regional and global Holocaust studies who will expand Holocaust educational offerings on and off campus. This scholar also will direct our Holocaust Awareness Institute, and will oversee new programming at the Holocaust Memorial Social Action Site and across the community.

Establishing this position makes the University of Denver the only campus in the world with an endowed chair of Holocaust studies tied to a Holocaust Memorial Social Action Site.

To learn more about this $3-million project and how you can help, please contact Prof. Adam Rovner at [email protected] or by phone at 303.871.3020.

HONORING Holocaust survivor speakers

The Center for Judaic Studies and the Holocaust Awareness Institute are sad to announce the passing of Paula Burger. A Holocaust Survivor and member of our Speakers' Bureau, Paula was a gifted writer and artist. More than 90% of the art hanging on the walls of our Center was created by Paula. She will be deeply missed!! Find Paula's obituary here.

Paula Burger

Upcoming EVENTS

CJS and HAI are proud to support the CU Anschutz Holocaust Genocide and Contemporary Bioethics Program (HGCB) and their annual program during the week of Yom Ha'Shoah. This year's program has been postponed to April 5-9, 2021. It will focus on


For more information, visit the HGCB website.  

past events

"Abide: Endure. Sustain. Live On." An Uncommon Exhibit of Photographic Survivor Portraits by Wayne Armstrong (DU Photographer) at the Mizel Museum, in partnership with HAI's Survivors Speakers Bureau.

Holy Silence: 2019 Marcus Lecture

17the Annual Fred Marcus Memorial Holocaust Lecture
Kosher dessert reception to follow   
In partnership with the
12th Annual Neustadt JAAMM Festival
Elaine Wolf Theatre, MACC at the JCC, 350 S Dahlia St., Denver, CO 80246
Tickets are $18 & Free for Holocaust Survivors, Students, & Educators

Decades after the horrors of the Holocaust, a controversial debate continues over the role of the Vatican during that dark period of modern history. At the center of the debate is the pivotal question of what, if anything, the pope might have done to resist the rise of Adolf Hitler and Nazism and intervene in behalf of the Jews of Europe.

HOLY SILENCE is a documentary that cuts straight to the heart of that ongoing debate. In doing so, the film also focuses on a fascinating cast of historical figures, each of whom played a crucial role in the effort to shape the Vatican's response to the Holocaust: a humble Jesuit priest from New England, a leading American industrialist dispatched on a mission by President Franklin Roosevelt, and high-ranking officials within the Vatican determined to carry out their own objectives.

Steven Pressman HOLY SILENCE features all of them and more, while allowing audiences to decide for themselves whether or not the papacy ultimately might have made more of a difference during this tragic period.

HOLY SILENCE is Steven Pressman's second documentary film. His first film — 50 CHILDREN: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus — told the previously unknown story of an American couple who traveled to Nazi Germany in order to rescue a group of Jewish children and bring them back to safety in the United States. 50 CHILDREN premiered on HBO in 2013 and received an Emmy nomination for outstanding historical programming. It was also screened at the Fred Marcus Memorial Holocaust Lecture in 2015.


Tickets go on sale Tues, 9/3 at and will be $18, and free for students, educators, and Holocaust survivors by calling 303-316-6360

Email the Holocaust Awareness Institute at [email protected] for more information. 

Holy Silence: 2019 Marcus Lecture