Dr. Laszlo Tauber, a surgeon whose past contributions to Brandeis included the endowment of two chairs in biochemistry, established a Holocaust studies center in memory of his parents, Gyula and Katica Tauber, both victims of the Holocaust. Describing his vision of the center in a letter to Chancellor Sachar, Dr. Tauber wrote,
“I wanted it to be a Jewish institute, unmistakably Jewish, but envisioned one which showed the world that Jewish people are again the people of the book. Furthermore, I wanted it to be a school which is open to everyone, regardless of religion … Brandeis University fulfills these requirements in every respect.”
Since renamed the Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry, it has been energetic in the production and publication of Jewish studies research.