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.
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.
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.