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Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

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

Kristallnacht Commemoration

Thursday, November 7, 2019. The Colonial Theatre. 7 pm.

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.

The Program

Watch Previous Kristallnacht Commemorations

USHMM Resources

From Citizens to Outcasts 1933-1938

Echoes and Reflections Lessons

Support The Lewy Family Fund

Stephan Lewy was born in Berlin, he escaped to France in 1940. Eventually he made his way to the United States and became one of “Ritchie Boys” (ex-pat Germans who became part of Army Intelligence) in Patton’s Army. In November 1938, Stephan survived Kristallnacht. Stephan has been a long-time partner in the work of the Cohen Center. The Stephan Lewy Fund honors Stephan’s legacy and witness and provides support for presentations at the annual Kristallnacht Commemoration.

Stephan Lewy History
Stephan Lewy Audio testimony
Stephan Lewy Written Testimony
Stephan Lewy Blog
Stephan Lewy article 2016

The Program

The Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies has chosen to focus on this event as an annual community-wide commemoration. The Remembrance brings the entire Keene community together in a remarkable way and enables participants to actively reflect upon the lessons of the Holocaust. Community leaders, educators, visiting scholars, and area schools participate in this solemn occasion. The Remembrance is coordinated by Keene State College, Keene High School, Keene Middle School, the Keene Interfaith Clergy Association, as well as community institutions such as city government, police, and fire.


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Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

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Keene, NH 03435-3201

Upcoming Events

October 17, 2019 (Thursday)
Roger Guenveur Smith’s Otto Frank
- • Redfern Arts Center
October 20, 2019 (Sunday)

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