Welcome to The Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity at Western Washington University, a member of the Association of Holocaust Organizations in the United States.

“I am honored to have the institute bear my name. However, it is important to remember that our seminal work here at Western was possible only with the guidance of Holocaust survivors Noémi Ban, Fred Fragner, and Magda Dorman.  It was their courage, their willingness to bear witness to unfathomable events, their dedication to the pursuit of painful truths that inspired and inspires faculty and students alike. I trust that our institute will continue to grow the knowledge, compassion and willingness to use the lessons of the past to advocate for the human rights of all people.” — Ray Wolpow

Our Mission: To advance knowledge about the Holocaust and genocide, including ethnic and religious conflict as well as attendant human rights abuses. Students engaged in studying the Holocaust, genocide, and crimes against humanity will be provided with the critical tools to analyze, understand, and differentiate their underlying complexities and to work towards their prevention.


Holocaust survivor and educator Noémi Ban with Uzma Ahmad, wife of WWU President Dr. Sabah Randhawa, at “Kristallnacht Commemoration” on November 9, 2016.