Holocaust and genocide to be focus of new institute at Western Washington University

A new institute at Western Washington University will study the Holocaust and ethnic and religious genocide, the university said.

The Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity is named after a retired Western professor emeritus in the Woodring College of Education. He retired in 2014.

Wolpow, the university said, has long supported Holocaust education, having founded Western’s Northwest Center for Holocaust, Genocide, and Ethnocide Education in 1998, the university said. Sandra Alfers, a professor of German, is the new institute’s founding director.

“Ray has been a tireless advocate for Holocaust, genocide, and ethnocide education on campus and in the community, and I look forward to continuing his important work,” Alfers said in a statement.

Holocaust survivors Noémi Ban, Fred Fragner and Magda Dorman also helped guide the formation of the institute, Wolpow said in a statement.

Kyle Mittan: 360-756-2803, @KyleMittan