Rosenbluth Charitable Family Foundation Genocide Awareness Week @ ASU


10-year anniversary

Rosenbluth Charitable Family Foundation Genocide Awareness Week (GAW) is a week-long event seeking to address how we, as a global society, confront violent actions and current and ongoing threats of genocide and related mass atrocity crimes, throughout the world, while also looking to the past for guidance and to honor those affected by genocide. 

GAW pursues three principal goals: 
    •    Fostering genocide education for students and interested community members, through in-person, remote and online delivery, 

    •    promoting interdisciplinary and comparative research, and 

    •    providing resources and training for teachers, police and public servants more generally. As a collaboration between Arizona’s public universities, GAW also supports and works with a host of organizations dedicated to genocide education throughout our state and region in the interest of sharing and co-developing genocide education resources and events.


Notable Past Speakers

Noteable Past Speakers of Genocide Awareness Week

Keynote Speaker on Monday, April 4, 2022 
Sponsored by the Phoenix Holocaust Association

The Phoenix Holocaust Association is a partnership of Holocaust survivors, their descendants and the larger community. We honor the memory and legacy of the survivors and victims, promote awareness of the Holocaust, provide education of this and other genocides, and contribute to tikkun olam, repair of the world. We are instrumental in educational efforts, for example spearheading a Holocaust Education Taskforce to provide Arizona teachers with materials and resources to teach the Holocaust and other genocides.

GAW @ ASU Event Details

Father Patrick Desbois, Date, Time

Father Patrick Desbois is a distinguished author, university professor, historian, forensic detective and world-renowned human-rights activist. He has dedicated his life to fighting the bigotry that fuels the disease of genocide and bridging the divide between faiths. His ongoing work brings closure to the victims and survivors of genocide and calls for legal justice for the perpetrators.

He is the founder of Yahad-In Unum (“Together In One”), a non-profit organization dedicated to discovering genocidal practices wherever they are found around the world, providing documented proof of crimes against humanity, and a leading voice of protest on behalf of all past and present victims of mass murder.

Ambassador Michaela Küchler

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Ambassador Michaela Küchler currently serves as the Special Representative for Relations with Jewish Organisations, Issues Relating to Antisemitism, International Sinti and Roma Affairs, and Holocaust Remembrance. Her portfolio includes a wide range of issues, including cooperation with international organizations such as the OSCE/ODIHR, UNESCO, the EU, as well as with Israel and France, in the fight against antisemitism; dialogue with Jewish organizations in Germany, the United States and Central and Eastern Europe; and the promotion of Holocaust remembrance projects as well as projects to commemorate the genocide of the Sinti and Roma. As chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance her work in particular addresses the denial, distortion and diminishing of the Holocaust.

Naomi Kikoler

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Naomi Kikoler is the director of the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide. As the Center’s deputy director, she led the Center’s policy engagement with the United States government and work on Bearing Witness countries, including undertaking the documentation of the commission of genocide by ISIS. Previously she developed and implemented the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect’s work on populations at risk and efforts to advance R2P globally and led the Centre’s advocacy, including targeting the United Nations Security Council. Prior to joining the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect in 2008, she worked on national security and refugee law and policy for Amnesty International Canada. She has also worked for the UN Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, the Office of the Prosecutor at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and the Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement at the Brookings Institution. Additionally, she has worked as an election monitor in Kenya with the Carter Center.

Mollie Zapata

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Mollie Zapata is the research manager for the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, where she is responsible for conducting quantitative and qualitative research on a wide range of issues related to genocide prevention, with a primary focus on the Center’s Early Warning Project. Previously Mollie had been doing natural language processing analytics at Monitor 360, an international affairs consulting firm, for various government and foundation clients. Her areas of interest are North and West Africa, conflict prediction, border security, security sector reform, transnational criminal and terrorist networks, and corruption. 

Jan Grabowski

Jan Grabowski is a Professor of History at the University of Ottawa and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. His interests focus on the  Holocaust in Poland and, more specifically, on the relations between Jews and Poles during the war. His book, Hunt for the Jews. Betrayal and Murder in German-Occupied Poland has been awarded the Yad Vashem International Book Prize for 2014. In 2020 Grabowski was appointed a Distinguished Fellow at the Institut für Zeitgeschichte in Munich, Germany. In 2018 he co-edited and co-authored  “Dalej jest noc” (a two-volume study of the fate of the Jews in selected counties of occupied Poland). His most recent book On Duty. The Role of the Polish “Blue” Police in the Holocaust was published in March 2020.

Dr. Esad Boskailo, MD

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Dr. Esad Boskailo, MD is a Psychiatry Specialist in Phoenix, AZ and has over 37 years of experience in the medical field. He is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix and Associate Director of Psychiatric Residency Training at the Maricopa Integrated Health System. Trained in family medicine in Bosnia, he works with survivors of trauma from domestic abuse to war. He wrote, Wounded I Am More Awake follows: the story of Esad Boskailo, a doctor who survives six concentration camps in Bosnia and emerges with powerful new lessons for healing in an age of genocide.

Oskar Knoblauch

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As a Holocaust survivor, I experienced the rise of Nazism and the ensuing European Holocaust. In 2010, I published my book, A Boy's Story A Man's Memory: Surviving the Holocaust 1933-1945. It details my family's struggle to survive those years, a brutal time for all European Jews and millions of other innocent people. My story is filled with ideals of hope, courage, love, respect, and tolerance. My voice urges students, teachers, and adults to proactively teach Holocaust education, and stresses the importance of respect and tolerance. Together we can instill tolerance into our hearts, our community and the world!

Ambassador Clint Williamson

Ambassador Clint Williamson is the senior director for International Rule of Law, Governance and Security at the McCain Institute for International Leadership at ASU and a Professor of Practice at the Sandra Day O’Connor Law School at ASU. He served as U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues from 2006 to 2009. Prior to this appointment, he served as Senior Director for Relief, Stabilization, and Development and as Director for Stability Operations at the National Security Council between 2003 and 2006. Most recently, from 2011 to 2014, he served as the Chief Prosecutor of the EU Special Investigative Task Force in Brussels.

Board Members

GAW is committed to fostering genocide education, promoting research on diverse genocides and providing resources for teachers, police and other public servants. Its members come from all three public research universities in Arizona.

Alex Alvarez is a Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northern Arizona University. He has published and presented widely on genocide and other forms of collective and interpersonal violence.

Volker Benkert is an assistant professor of history at Arizona State University. His research explores the history and memory of both totalitarian regimes on German soil.


Jason Bruner is an associate professor of religious studies at Arizona State University. His research interests include religion and violence, African history, and European colonialism.  


Timothy Langille is a lecturer in Jewish Studies and Religious Studies at Arizona State University. His teaching and research focus on Jewish history, genocide, and trauma and memory.  


John Liffiton is the founder of GAW and has been the director for the last 10 years of what has become the largest genocide conference. He has been presented with the Shofar Zahkor Award from the Phoenix Holocaust Association, recognized by the Assyrian American Cultural Organization of Arizona and given a blessing and commendation by the Archbishop of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church for his work in genocide and Holocaust education. 


Edward O’Donnell served as Ambassador and Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues from 2003 to 2006, with primary responsibility for unresolved issues of the Holocaust including restitution or a “measure of justice” for Holocaust Survivors and the families of the victims as the senior US Government negotiator. He also negotiated with numerous countries concerning Holocaust education and remembrance and led U.S. diplomatic efforts in multilateral fora to fight against anti-Semitism and other forms of prejudice, hate, stereotyping and persecution. 


Gil Ribak is an Associate Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Arizona. He has published widely in the field of Modern Jewish history, especially in the context of immigration, interethnic and interracial relations, and Yiddish culture.


Hava Tirosh-Samuelson is Regents Professor of History, Irving and Miriam Lowe Professor of Modern Judaism, and Director for Jewish Studies at Arizona State University.  An intellectual historian, she writes on Jewish philosophy and mysticism, religion and ecology, and religion, science, and technology.  She is the author of the award-winning Between Worlds: The Life and Thoughts of Rabbi David ben Judah Messer Leon (1991); Happiness in Premodern Judaism: Virtue, Knowledge and Well-Being (2003), and Religion and Environment: The Case of Judaism (2020).  She is also the editor of 30 books, including the Library of Contemporary Jewish Philosophers (2013-2018), a set of 21 volumes that features outstanding Jewish thinkers today

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board is composed of distinguished individuals dedicated to the success of GAW. The Board will also award the Arizona Human Rights Award to an individual who through philanthropy, education or service has made a lasting impact to further genocide awareness. 

For more information on giving to Rosenbluth Charitable Family Foundation Genocide Awareness Week, please contact Alan Sandler, Associate Director of Development, Humanities in The College of Liberal Arts and Science at ASU: or (415)-518-2706.

Rosenbluth Charitable Family Foundation Genocide Awareness Week Brochure