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Charles Hildebrandt Holocaust Studies Award

Dr. Charles Hildebrandt
Dr. Charles Hildebrandt.

This award honors Keene State College’s Charles Hildebrandt professor emeritus in Sociology and founder of the Center for Holocaust Studies at Keene State in 1983. It is given in recognition of excellence in Holocaust Studies.

Keene State College students are invited to submit essays, historical analyses, stories, poems, musical compositions, dance, film, theatre and/or visual arts exploring and expressing their own personal relationship to or reflections about the Holocaust.

The award ceremony takes place in April, which is Genocide Awareness Month.

Schedule and Submissions for 2024 Awards

  • Submissions are due by March 25, 2024.
  • Award winners will be notified by April 8, 2024.
  • Award ceremony will be held on April 18, 2024.

For additional information about the Awards, please contact the Cohen Center team at

Who is Eligible?

  • Keene State College undergraduate students are eligible to receive a monetary prize.

Submissions may include:

  • Artistic entries – dance compositions, musical creations, poems, short stories, visual works of art, film, or plays
  • Scholarly entries – research projects/papers, essays

Entries will be judged by committee and evaluated based upon:

  • Accurate historical context
  • Originality/creativity/clarity
  • Finished presentation
  • Use of chosen medium
  • Thoughtful encounter with topic

If you would like to see a copy of the rubric that is used to evaluate submissions in advance of the due date, please email Please note that our committee is not able to provide feedback, notes, or scores for submissions.

Note: We will not be running our competition for middle and high school students in 2024. Please check back in early 2025 to learn whether that competition will resume again.

Contact the Cohen Center

Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Keene State College

229 Main Street

Keene, NH 03435-3201
☎ 603-358-2490