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Stephan Lewy at podium

Kristallnacht Commemoration

Kristallnacht Commemoration

2021 Kristallnacht Remembrance

As a community committed to the welfare of our citizens, we remember the events of November 9, 1938, also known as the “Night of Broken Glass”.


Stephan Lewy

It is with sadness that we learned of the death of Stephan Lewy, a great friend of the Cohen Center. He died at home in Buffalo, NY, surrounded by family on November 9, the date of our Kristallnacht Remembrance. Mr. Lewy was 96. He was born in Berlin and grew up in the Auerbach Orphanage where he lived through Kristallnacht hiding in the synagogue there. He was sent to France in 1939 and able to enter the US in 1942.

In 1943 Lewy was drafted into the US Army, trained as an interpreter, and became one of the famous Ritchie Boys. He participated in the Battle of the Bulge and liberation of the Buchenwald Concentration Camp. He was awarded the Bronze Star, returned to the US, and had a successful career and raised a family.

Stephan Lewy participated in many Cohen Center events while a resident of New Hampshire and we treasure his contributions and testimony, including the Kristallnacht Remembrance appearance he made in 2019 captured in the video below. He was a strong and compelling voice especially when interacting with teachers and students in schools throughout the region. We offer condolences to his family. May his memory be a blessing.


Tuesday, November 10, 2020. A Virtual Remembrance. 7:00 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.


View the Kristallnacht Commemoration Program

Kristallnacht Remembrance Video Broadcasts

2019 Kristallnacht Remembrance


Notes and Resources


Event Partners

Contact the Cohen Center

Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Keene State College

229 Main Street

Keene, NH 03435-3201
☎ 603-358-2490