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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

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.

36 and Counting

EVENTS INSPIRED BY THE JEWISH LEGEND OF THE 36 RIGHTEOUS ONES. For more information contact the Cohen Center at 603-358-2490.

The Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College has set aside 18 months to recognize the 36th anniversary of its founding and to honor the Center’s dual commitment to remember the Holocaust and to teach about what is at stake in a world that fosters genocidal violence. The two numbers, 18 and 36, provide ways to mark this significance. The number 18 holds a double meaning in Hebrew since it can also render the word chai, which in popular usage is symbolically associated with the words for living, alive, and life (or chaim, the plural noun form meaning life). Similarly, the number 36, while being a multiple of 18, carries a legendary association in Hebrew with the story of the lamed vavniks, 36 individuals of moral integrity whose presence in the world assures its ongoing survival. These 36 persons are known as righteous ones whose presence in the world signals life and hope. Hence, we mark this special time period of 18 months with 36 programs that remind us that what we do counts and counts in all its particularity in timely ways. All events are free unless otherwise noted.

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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.

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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

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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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