Mission and History
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 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.
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Our events, educational outreach, and advocacy initiatives are supported primarily by your donations.
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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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.
The Center is open to anyone during the academic year and by reservation during summer break. We are 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.
Student Video Profiles
Watch and hear the experiences of some of our student scholars.