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We will share a common intellectual experience as we read the novel When the Emperor Was Divine, by Julie Otsuka. The book follows one Japanese American family's experience when they were forced to live in an internment camp during World War II. Programs will be held throughout the semester, centered on the novel’s themes of racism, prejudice, and the dangers of stereotyping. READ MORE

  • Armenian Exhibit 100x140Contact Chhange to purchase: Hundred-Year Legacy of Courage: Celebrating the Lives of Armenian Genocide Survivors in Our Community.

  • ChiyoMoriuchi 100x140pBrookdale Read speaker, N. Chiyo Moriuchi, October 6, 2016.

  • The Cats of Mirikitani 100x140pFilm: Jimmy Mirikitani, internment camp survivor and artist, November 3, 2016.

  • Julie Otsuka 100x140pJulie Otsuka, author of When the Emperor was Divine, November 17, 2016.


75th Anniversary of the Voyage of the M.S. St. Louis


After being refused safe haven in the United States as well, the M.S. St. Louis was forced to return to Europe.

This voyage symbolizes the world’s indifference to the plight of European Jewry on the eve of World War II.

Holocaust Survivor, Eva Wiener, will share the story of her family’s survival. Eva is pictured at left, as she was carried aboard by her mother, and below with her parents.

Eva Wiener Landing in England



Dr. Debórah Dwork will provide the historical context for the M.S. St. Louis, focusing on the lack of response worldwide to the crisis facing the Jews of Germany. Debórah Dwork is the Rose Professor of Holocaust History and the Director of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University.

Survivors of the M.S. St. Louis are invited to participate in a Question and Answer session following the presentation.

Monday, June 2, 2014, 10:00 AM - Noon
Warner Student Life Center, Navesink Rooms
Brookdale Community College, Lincroft
Parking Lot 7

Admission: $10 / Free for Chhange Members and BCC students.
Please register online or by calling our office at (732) 224-2074.

Download the flyer on the 75th Anniversary of the Voyage of the M.S. St. Louis.




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