An hour-long special, "Studying the Holocaust at Stockton University," airs 9 p.m. tonight on Comcast Channel 288, with repeat showings scheduled through late December.
A crew from Jewish Life TV, led by Senior Vice President Brad Pomerance, came to Stockton's Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center last fall to film for a full day, said Gail Rosenthal, the center's director. The JLTV program was partially produced by Holocaust survivor Ernest Paul, of Atlantic City, Rosenthal said. Stockton developed the nation's first master's program in Holocaust and Genocide Studies in 1998. The program draws graduate students from many states. The university also offers an undergraduate minor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies.
"They met with some local Holocaust survivors, faculty from Holocaust and Genocide Studies and about 15 students in the undergraduate and graduate programs," Rosenthal said.
The center is named after Sara and Sam Schoffer, survivors of the Holocaust, who settled in southern New Jersey. Its entrance includes three 20-foot sections of railroad tracks, part of a system that led from the Jewish ghetto in the Bialystok area of Poland to concentration camps. Faculty and students from the university have visited Holocaust-related sites throughout Europe on study tours.
"Many who have viewed this film say its power lies in the interviews with students who have completed courses and/or have participated in study tours related to the Holocaust," said Rosenthal in a written statement. "Their statements underscore how this field of study has changed their lives."
After Tuesday, the viewing schedule in southern New Jersey will be: 3 p.m. Aug. 20; 9 p.m. Sept. 14; 7 p.m. Sept. 25; 6 p.m. Oct. 11; 10 p.m. Oct. 24; 9 p.m. Nov. 15; 4 p.m. Nov. 29; 3 p.m. Dec. 10; 10 p.m. Dec. 27.