Each year, Brookdale Community College’s Center for Holocaust, Human Rights, and Genocide Education (Chhange) offers 50 to 75 community programs, all aspiring to eliminate prejudice and human rights violations through education. Since its founding, Chhange has collected the oral histories of genocide survivors and historical artifacts donated by Holocaust survivors for use in programs, permanent displays, and traveling exhibitions. NEH funding helped Chhange assess its diverse collection, which includes a cookbook from a concentration camp, headscarves from Bergen-Belsen, diaries, suitcases, letters, postcards, and other ephemera. NEH funding also enabled Chhange to hire a part-time archivist to train volunteers in preservation and archiving techniques, ensuring that the items would remain available to educate the public. In addition to collecting, Chhange hosts teacher workshops, school programs, law enforcement training, training for clergy, and a program for juvenile offenders focused on the consequences of hate and bias.
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