Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies – Muskegon

Irene Miller

Irene Miller

Holocaust Commemoration 2021
“Into No Man’s Land”
March 21, 2021
Guess: Irene Miller, child-survivor

Irene Miller, a Holocaust survivor, author, speaker , and educator will take you on a survival journey little written and known about. It is a story of courage, determination, perseverance and the power of the human spirit. The story of a young girl from Poland who with her family fled to Stalinist Russia away from the Nazis only to meet antisemitism, hunger, sickness, the cold of Siberia, and the heat of Uzbekistan.

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Board Members

Pastor Christopher Anderson
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Retired

Ms. Anna Alpert
Vice Chairperson
Congregation B’nai Israel

 Rabbi Alan Alpert
Congregation B’nai Israel

Mr. Tom Hinken
Muskegon Area Intermediate School District

Ms. Sarah Woycehoski
Fruitport Schools, Administrative Secretary

Dr. Dale Nesbary
President, Muskegon Community College

Mr. Tom Hinken
Muskegon Area Intermediate School District

Ms. Jennifer Fairweather
Oakridge Schools

About Us

In 1995 a Service of Commemoration was held at Samuel Lutheran Church in the city of Muskegon. Pastor Chris Anderson and Rabbi Alan Alpert gathered in the small Worship Center with 12 people in attendance. The service commemorated the 50th Anniversary of the liberation of the only remaining death camp, Auschwitz, and the many concentration camps spread throughout northern Europe and the murder of six million Jews and five million others because they were Slavs, Roma and Sinti, or their religious or political beliefs or their sexual orientation. The service also commemorated Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer who was murdered by the Nazis at Flossenburg prison on April 9, 1945 for his participation the attempt to assassinate Hitler.

It has been a remarkable 25 years bringing primary witnesses to the Holocaust, individuals who lived in Europe and were part of the Hitler Youth, scholars in Holocaust studies. Various organizations have shared their gifts of music: the Cammerata Singers under the direction of Floyd Farmer; the Muskegon Chamber Choir under the direction of David Wikman; area high school and middle school choirs and instrumental groups from Reeths-Puffer, North Muskegon, Mona Shores, Muskegon High School and a diverse group of individuals. Over fifteen survivors of the Holocaust have come to Muskegon to share recollections of their experiences.

The Center has supported educational programs for the Muskegon County schools and provided underwriting for programs through its annual fundraising event.

In an effort to provide for this organization’s work into the future, a partnership was forged with Muskegon Community College and the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District. We moved from being the Shoah Remembrance Committee of Muskegon to the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies–Muskegon, whose mission is: cultivating values to diffuse hate and encourage diversity.

The Center will provide opportunities to the Muskegon Community which result in:

  • Education: The Muskegon Community learns, thinks critically and applies lessons learned from the Holocaust and genocide
  • Commemoration: The Muskegon Community remembers and reflects upon the victims of the Holocaust and genocide.
  • Perpetuation: The Muskegon Community recognizes the ongoing importance of educating and commemorating beyond the immediacy of the victims of the Holocaust and genocide

Contact Information

Mailing address:
PO Box 452
Muskegon MI 49440