Cadets at the Holocaust Studies SymposiumDepartment of History faculty, Dr. David Frey and CPT (P) Kate Alfin, took five cadets to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy to participate in the 2020 USCGA Holocaust Studies Symposium.

The event, organized by the USCGA Honors Program and featuring past participants in the American Service Academies Program (ASAP), included representatives from the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, the Swedish Defence University, and cadets from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and U.S. Air Force Academy.

West Point Cadets Madi Easter ’20 and Pedro Santiago Bonilla ’21, both past participants of ASAP, spoke about how their experiences of studying the Holocaust affected their development as cadets and future Officers in the U.S. Army.

Dr. William Galston, the Ezra K. Zilkha Chair of Governance Studies at the Brookings Institute, delivered the key note lecture, "Populism and Its Challenges To Democracy,” after which cadets discussed with peers and facilitators how lessons from the Holocaust and other genocides could equip them to better understand the threats posed by “illiberalism” and populism to liberal democracies around the world, and how best to defend those democracies.

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