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Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

To Remember…and to Teach

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.

Looking for classroom presentations or lesson plans? The center provides educator support through lesson plans, workshops, summer institutes, and more. Browse our educator pages for a full array of resources.

In addition to academic programs, the center's on-campus student support includes trips to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, an honor society, and a Holocaust and Genocide Awareness Club.

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Meeting and studying with others interested and invested in this work is more than a way to get support as an educator, but an opportunity to affirm life and hope in a confused and wounded world. Thank you!”

–Cohen Center Fellow

Holocaust Memorial lecture

”Growing up German: My Father, the Wehrmacht, and “Ordinary” Antisemitism”

Professor Krondorfer explores the concept of "ordinary antisemitism" through a personal story about the effects of the Holocaust and war memories in German society after 1945, especially as they are passed on generationally. Dr. Krondorfer's father was drafted into the army at age 17 and was stationed near a Jewish slave labor camp in Poland. The talk then focuses on the value of engagement through dialogue between communities affected by historical trauma.

Dancers with candles in the foreground.

Public Events

Holocaust Memorial Lecture (Fall)
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 (November)
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 (Spring)
The Genocide Awareness Lecture is an annual event designed to encourage people of good will and conscience to give vigilant, public attention to our still genocidal world.

Collections and 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.

Collections & Videos


Events and 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.


NH Commission on Holocaust and Genocide Education

The Cohen Center supports the work of the NH Commission on Holocaust and genocide education. Here you'll find resources, links, and informationm on programming.

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Awards and Recognition

The Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies recognizes contributions to its mission through two named awards.

Awards and Recognition

About the Cohen Center

The Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies advances the public liberal arts mission of Keene State College through Holocaust and genocide education, 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.

About the Cohen Center
James Waller, Professor, Holocaust and Genocide Studies
September 16, 2020 –

Keene State College Holocaust and genocide experts are partnering with the Auschwitz Institute for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities in New York City, and the National Center for...

Paul and Nancy Vincent
July 31, 2020 –

How do you teach the history of the Holocaust and other mass atrocities to middle and high school students? How do you explore the “why” of it, and encourage students...

Amy Fagin
November 14, 2019 –

Soon, Keene State students, campus visitors, and the broader community will have access to another art collection that will inspire and educate. Amy Fagin, Massachusetts-based visual artist and author of...

Contact the Cohen Center

Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Keene State College

229 Main Street

Keene, NH 03435-3201
☎ 603-358-2490