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Western Washington University to offer Holocaust studies

September 5, 2019 GMT

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Students at Western Washington University can minor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies with a new program that will be offered starting this fall.

The Bellingham Herald reports the university announced Wednesday that in conjunction with the program officials will honor Nazi concentration camps survivor Noémi Ban of Bellingham in October.

Ban died in June at age 96. Officials say she survived Nazi persecution and the concentration camps, but her family was murdered by Nazis and their collaborators.

University officials say she inspired the new Holocaust Studies minor, along with the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity, which opened in 2016.

Ray Wolpow Institute director Sandra Alfers says Western is the first public university in the state with such a minor.

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Information from: The Bellingham Herald, http://www.bellinghamherald.com