Courses and special events devoted to the Holocaust and Jewish Studies have long been important offerings at Penn State Harrisburg, and the creation of the center in 2007 served to coordinate all these efforts in a single location. The college working in conjunction with the Holocaust Resource Center in the Jewish community of Greater Harrisburg, has oral history tapes and documents collected from survivors and liberators in the region. These materials are not duplicated in any other institutions or media, and provide a resource for researchers, community members, students, and faculty. The center is therefore distinguished by its unique holdings and at the same time linked to international efforts to memorialize and study the Holocaust.
Penn State Harrisburg provides leadership in the region in teacher education, study abroad, and community outreach. With the Holocaust and Genocide Book Collection in the library as an important resource and other existing centers as models of accomplishment, Penn State Harrisburg is committed to extending this leadership in the area of Holocaust studies. Its state-of-the-art library completed in 2000 is an ideal location for creating a space dedicated to exhibit, discuss, and present Holocaust material.