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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.

March 5, 2019 –

You can read about the Holocaust and watch movies and documentaries; you can even study the Holocaust and genocide in class, but there isn’t much that will prepare you for the emotional impact of coming face-to-face with the details of this gruesome chapter in history.

Each year, the Cohen Center…

October 26, 2018 –

“To Remember … and to Teach” is the charge of Keene State’s Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. A recent donation to the Cohen Center and the College’s Mason Library Archives makes a significant contribution to helping us all remember and learn about one of the darkest times in…

August 27, 2018 –

Keene State College announces that Dr. Hank Knight, director of the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, is the honoree of Keene State College’s 2018 Distinguished Teacher Award, for his commitment to student success and teaching in the country’s only undergraduate Holocaust and Genocide Studies program. The award is…

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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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Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Keene State College

229 Main Street

Keene, NH 03435-3201

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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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