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Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Syrian boy plays the violin at refugee encampment, Edirne, Turkey, September 2015

Syrian boy plays the violin at refugee encampment, Edirne, Turkey, September 2015

Cohen Center Statement on Shooting at Congregation Chabad in San Diego

The Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies is deeply saddened by the murderous acts of hatred that were perpetrated against communities of faith during their holy days of Easter and Passover. We grieve for and with our brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka and in San Diego. Any act of hatred targeting other human beings is abhorrent. When such acts are aimed at communities gathering for prayer to affirm their identities as people of faith, these acts wound us all in ways that ask us to ponder our obligations to respect the sacred ties that bind us one to another, and to affirm the breath of life that we share and the differences that bless us all with our unique places in the universe.

USHMM Statement on the shooting at Congregation Chabad in San Diego County

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Statement on White Supremacy and Hate

The Cohen Center does not make political statements, but is driven by its mission and charge, “to remember…and to teach.” In that spirit, the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies strongly condemns the growing violence and ongoing threat of white supremacists and the use and manipulation of Nazism and Holocaust memory for political purposes. As ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt stated, “modern white supremacy is an international threat that knows no borders.” Indeed, it is responsible for the violence in places such as Charlottesville, Pittsburgh, and New Zealand and must be condemned.

Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks’ use of Mein Kampf in his speech to Congress on March 25, 2019 to attack political opponents and the media is historically false, ill-informed, and inappropriate. We share the Alabama Holocaust Commission’s condemnation that “using such rhetoric not only trivializes our past, as well as the victims of this genocide, but also cheapens our current political discourse and maintains a divisive rhetoric all too common at the present time.” We share the Commission’s appeal to encourage political leaders to accurately wrestle with the history of Nazism and fascism and avoid superficial and inaccurate interpretations that are manipulated for personal agendas.

Additionally, the Cohen Center stands against the growing number of incidents of antisemitism, racism, Islamophobia, and misogyny. We also encourage those using or encountering hate symbols in public settings to recognize the responsibility to reject and not justify hate. We extend our deepest sympathies to the victims and stand in solidarity with the families of those targeted by recent attacks.

USHMM Statement on International Roma Day

USHMM Statement on the 25th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide

Tree of Life Synagogue

The Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies strongly condemns the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, and our deepest sympathies are extended to the victims and families of those attacked. Once again antisemitism has fed the hatred of someone who has taken the lives of innocent people in our land. What has happened to our friends in the Pittsburgh Jewish community affects all of us. We grieve with them, though surely not with the depth of their pain or sorrow. However, we must do more than grieve. We must resist hating in return. At the same time, we will work to end the spread of the social poison that feeds such hatred. That process begins with being responsible with our language and working in solidarity with others. We will not give in to fear.

Proudly working with The Center for Peacebuilding CIM which seeks to rebuild trust and foster reconciliation among the people of Bosnia—Croats, Serbs, Bosniaks, and others—as well as support peace processes in other countries that have suffered from violent conflict.

New Building for Cohen Center and HGS Major Live webcam

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Education

Summer Institute

2017 Summer Institute, July 16-22

An intensive one-week residential institute that brings educators together from around the United States and Europe. Online Registration Opens January 2017.

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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.

  • For Students
    We support the College’s undergraduate major and minor programs in Holocaust and Genocide Studies.
  • For Educators
    We provide 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.
  • 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 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. More about Public Outreach


Kristallnacht Commemoration

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.


Classroom Presentations and Training for Educators

Peruse our classroom presentations and in-service programs designed for teachers at all levels, then contact us to schedule a presentation. More about Classroom Presentations and Training for Educators


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


Links and Resources

An extensive list of categorized links to educational resources on a wide range of topics related to the Holocaust, genocide, and human rights. More about Links and Resources


Annual Events

Krisrallnacht

Kristallnacht Remembrance

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

  • Holocaust Memorial Lecture
    This annual trip engages KSC students with a tour of the permanent exhibit of the United States Holocaust Memorial 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.

Full details on our annual events.


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

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Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Keene State College

229 Main Street

Keene, NH 03435-3201
603-358-2490

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