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Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

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

About the Cohen Center

Cohen Center For Holocaust and Genocide Studies

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."

The Center provides extensive educational support for the study and the teaching of the Holocaust and genocide in KSC’s academic programs that features a nationally recognized undergraduate major in Holocaust and genocide studies Holocaust and Genocide Studies programs. The Center also provides materials and support for educators at the elementary, middle school, high school, and college levels. In addition, the Center offers public workshops and other educational programs designed to engage regional residents and community leaders. supports the College’s undergraduate and hosts a series of annual events.

Teaching Trauma

Our events, Educational Outreach ,and advocacy initiatives are supported primarily by your donations. Please support the mission of the Cohen Center and join us in our important work.

The Center is open to anyone during the academic year and by reservation during summer break. The [Educational Outreach Coordinator]( ) is available to make presentations, conduct in-service workshops, make school visitations, assist in curriculum development, and assist in finding appropriate speakers for topics and issues relating to Holocaust studies.

Mission and History

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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. More about History & Mission

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In addition to providing a tax deduction, your charitable gift can yield many rewards. There is the satisfaction of supporting an important cause, the excitement of seeing your gift lead to positive change in our communities, and – in many cases – tangible financial benefits to you and/or another beneficiary.

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News & Newsletters

Keene State students and faculty are making and following news from around the world. Learn about the latest research and resources, activities at Keene State College, people in the news, articles, and lectures.

Jim Waller
August 21, 2017 –

Keene State’s Cohen Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies Dr. Jim Waller was interviewed for a National Geographic article, "What Science Tells Us About Good and Evil." In the aftermath of the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, the author turns to science to understand why humans are capable of unspeakable…

Jim Waller, Cohen Professor of Holocaust and...
April 14, 2017 –

The International Association of Genocide Scholars has awarded Jim Waller , Cohen Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, its inaugural Engaged Scholarship Prize. The award recognizes scholars who engage beyond the academic community by sharing their scholarship and expertise, particularly with policymakers.

In his letter nominating Dr. Waller, Dr. Tibi…

Emily Robinson ’16, sharing her passion at the...
April 3, 2017 –

During a recent trip to Washington, DC, hosted by the Cohen Center at Keene State, students learned from the extensive exhibit at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) and connected with alumna Emily Robinson ’16, who currently works at the museum in the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Center…

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Visitors will often find the Center’s Susan J. Herman Reading Room in active use, either by a class in the academic program, a meeting or other gathering for the Center, or by students using the room for study and reflection. Staff offices and the Center’s collection are accessible from a rear hallway when the reading room is in use. More about Staff


The Cohen Center is located in the heart of Keene State College on the first floor of Mason Library. Hours of operation vary according to the college’s academic calendar. More about Visit

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Student Video Profiles

Watch and hear the experiences of some of our student scholars. More about Student Video Profiles

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The Cohen Center's work never stops, but we need your help. Our work in education and commitment to the general public good are recognized as an integral and significant part of the Center's mission.

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Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Keene State College

229 Main Street

Keene, NH 03435-3201

Upcoming Events

March 28, 2018 (Wednesday)
School Administrators Summit: Civic Discourse and Democratic Competencies
- • Alumni Center - Centennial Hall

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The Center’s work never stops, and we need your help. Our commitment to the public good is a significant part of the Center’s mission. That mission is sustained by generous supporters and benefactors.

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