This fall, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Wash., will become the first Northwest college to offer a course of study on the Holocaust and other times in history when governments tried to kill entire segments of a population. “There’s a long, long background to Holocaust studies at PLU,” said professor and historian Bob Ericksen. The university holds an annual conference on the topic and has endowed a chair of Holocaust studies since 2007. Genocides “seem to have increased in the 20th century,” Ericksen said, adding his hope that increasing awareness through academic study may help prevent future atrocities.
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