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Cohen Center History & Mission

The Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies advances the public liberal arts mission of Keene State College by studying and bearing witness to the Holocaust and genocide in the hope that present and future generations take responsibility for building a world free of antisemitism, intolerance, and hate.

To this end, the Cohen Center joins the campus community and its many partners in promoting an active and informed citizenry committed to mutual respect and justice.

Dr. Charles (Chuck) Hildebrandt, Keene State College professor of Sociology, knew he had to do something with the issues of bigotry, racism, oppression, and injustice. In 1983 he founded the Holocaust Resource Center at Keene State College with the charge "To Remember…and to Teach."

Today, the Cohen Center is a leading educational center devoted to the memory and study of the Holocaust and genocide. Its collection of books and other media has grown to nearly 6,000 volumes and supports the College’s academic program in Holocaust and Genocide Studies that includes both an interdisciplinary major and minor in this subject area.

A recipient of the New England Higher Education Excellence Award in 2008 and recognized as a Center of Excellence by the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, the Cohen Center maintains a strong, catalytic presence on campus and in the many communities it serves by providing a variety of programs and services:

Our Mission

The Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies advances the public liberal arts mission of Keene State College by studying and bearing witness to the Holocaust and genocide in the hope that present and future generations take responsibility for building a world free of antisemitism, intolerance, and hate.

To this end, the Cohen Center joins the campus community and its many partners in promoting an active and informed citizenry committed to mutual respect and justice.