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Cohen Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies

The Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies is much more than a resource center, though that is how it began in 1983. We are charged by our founder, Dr. Charles Hildebrandt "To Remember…and to Teach." Rooted in the College’s public liberal arts mission, the Cohen Center is a leading educational center devoted to the memory and study of the Holocaust and genocide. The Center is located at Keene State College in rural New Hampshire.

"Inspiring students and other citizens to take responsibility for promoting human dignity and civic responsibility while confronting the escalating violence that leads to atrocity and genocide."

Summer Institute July 2017

The Cohen Center joins a grateful world in giving thanks for the life and witness of Elie Wiesel and Ernie Michel. Each has enriched our lives with the light of their words and the quiet dignity of their lives. May their memory continue to bless our lives.


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Cohen Center For Holocaust and Genocide Studies

About the Cohen Center

The Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies is one of the oldest Holocaust resource Centers in the United States. Founded in 1983, the Center is located at Keene State College in rural New Hampshire. We are charged by our founder, Dr. Charles Hildebrandt "To Remember…and to Teach." More about About the Cohen Center

Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies: Chloe Edmonds

Directed and Filmed by Levi Gershkowitz ‘11 www.levigersh.com

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Krisrallnacht

Kristallnacht Remembrance

Annual Events

Each year the Cohen Center sponsors a series of annual events for the public. More about Annual Events

  • Holocaust Memorial Lecture
    This annual Keene State College trip engages KSC students with a tour of the permanent exhibit of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The tour is guided by Museum staff and Keene State professors. Participants stay in Washington, DC and together explore Alexandria, Virginia after the visit to the Museum.
  • Holocaust Memorial Lecture
    Held in the Fall, the annual Holocaust Memorial Lecture draws prominent scholars, organizers, survivors and family members, and community leaders for an evening of historical perspective and current events.
  • Kristallnacht Remembrance
    This annual event seeks to bring the community together to bear witness and recognize our responsibility to promote an active and informed citizenry, recognize individual and societal responsibility for each other, and foster mutual respect and justice.
  • Genocide Awareness Lecture
    The Genocide Awareness Lecture is designed to encourage people of good will and conscience to give vigilant, public attention to the signs and symptoms of genocide.
  • Days of Remembrance
    The Cohen Center honors Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) in conjunction with the National Days of Remembrance sponsored by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
  • USHMM – Cohen Center Civic Leadership Project The New Hampshire Civic Leadership Project (CLP) is a partnership program between The Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM).

CCHGS News

Any and all Cohen Center news can be found on our news page. See what’s happening! More about CCHGS News


Grubman Teaching Trunk

Grubman Teaching Trunk

The Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College invites you to participate in the Grubman Teaching Trunk Program. The Trunk is designed to honor the memory of Simon Grubman, a survivor of the Lodz ghetto and other Nazi camps.

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Education

The Cohen Center serves as a research and resource center for the teaching of the Holocaust and genocide through Keene State College’s academic programs. The center also provides materials for educators at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. In addition, the center offers public workshops designed to engage local and regional residents and community leaders. More about Education

  • For Students
    The Cohen Center supports the College’s undergraduate major and minor programs in Holocaust and Genocide Studies.
  • For Educators
    The Cohen Center provides resources for teachers striving to help students learn about the Holocaust and genocide and to reflect upon the moral and ethical questions raised by those difficult realities. The center helps teachers develop active an informed citizens committed to mutual respect and justice.
  • Public Outreach
    Public programs sponsored by the Cohen Center strive to engage citizens and civic leaders throughout the region in understanding and promoting human dignity around the world as well as in our local communities.
  • Resources
    An extensive list of categorized links to educational resources on a wide range of topics related to the Holocaust, genocide, and human rights.

Public Outreach

Public workshops at the Cohen Center strive to engage citizens and civic leaders throughout the region in understanding and promoting human dignity around the world as well as in our local communities. More about Public Outreach


Awards & Recognition

The Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies recognizes contributions to its mission through two named awards. More about Awards & Recognition


Collections & Videos

The Cohen Center is home to one-of-a-kind artifacts, personal histories, and media resources. These resources are available for review and study by Keene State Students and the general public. More about Collections & Videos



Support the Center

The Cohen Center's work never stops, but we need your help. Our work in education and commitment to the general public good are recognized as an integral and significant part of the Center's mission.

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Contact the Cohen Center

Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Keene State College

229 Main Street

Keene, NH 03435-3201
603-358-2490

Support the Cohen Center

The Center’s work never stops, and we need your help. Our commitment to the public good is a significant part of the Center’s mission. That mission is sustained by generous supporters and benefactors.

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Upcoming Events

September 12, 2016 (Monday)
Tribute to Elie Wiesel
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. • Heberton Hall, Public Library
September 26, 2016 (Monday)
Voices of Terezin: Music and Witness Featuring Ela Weissberger
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. • Redfern Arts Center - Alumni Recital Hall, Redfern Arts Center
October 26, 2016 (Wednesday)
November 03, 2016 (Thursday)
November 09, 2016 (Wednesday)
Kristallnacht Commemoration
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. • Colonial Theatre