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Charles Hildebrandt Award Holocaust and Genocide Studies Award

This award honors Charles Hildebrandt, Keene State College's professor emeritus in Sociology and founder of the Holocaust Resource Center at Keene State in 1983.. It is given in recognition of excellence in Holocaust or Genocide Studies. 

Dr. Charles Hildebrandt
Dr. Charles Hildebrandt

Students and members of the local community are invited to submit essays, historical analyses, stories, poems, musical compositions, dance, film, theatre and visual arts exploring and expressing their own personal relationship to or reflections on the Holocaust or genocide.

The award ceremony is scheduled in the spring. Presentations are given by the award-winning participants and monetary and book awards are granted. Awards totaling $1000 will be distributed among the top three entrants.

This award honors Keene State College's professor emeritus in Sociology and founder of the Center for Holocaust Studies. It is given in recognition of excellence in Holocaust Studies. The breadth of the award categories have grown from the initial Keene State College student entries to high school and now community entries. Students and members of the local community are invited to submit essays, historical analyses, stories, poems, musical compositions, dance, film, theatre and visual arts exploring and expressing their own personal relationship to or reflections on the Holocaust.

The award ceremony is scheduled in conjunction with Yom HaShoah (the Holocaust Day of Remembrance) where presentations are given by the award-winning participants and monetary and book awards are granted. Awards totaling $1000 will be distributed among the top three entrants.

Eligible to apply:

  • Keene State College students
  • Area high school students
  • Middle school students
  • Grade 5-8 students
  • Any other New England resident

Submissions may include:

  • Artistic entries – dance compositions, musical creations, poems, short stories, visual works of art, film, or plays

  • Scholarly entries – research projects/papers, essays

Entries will be judged by committee and evaluated on their depth of vision, insight, creativity, originality, and technical ability.


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Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Keene State College

229 Main Street

Keene, NH 03435-3201
603-358-2490