Leading scholar on Holocaust to present talk in Brattleboro

BRATTLEBORO — The work of the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies is the topic of a talk by the center's director, Henry “Hank” Knight, on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. in the West Village Meeting House.

Located at Keene State College, the center was founded in 1983 by Dr. Charles Hildebrandt and is devoted to the memory and study of the Holocaust and genocide.

The program is co-sponsored by the Brattleboro branch of the American Association of University Women, the Brattleboro Area Jewish Community, and All Souls Unitarian/Universalist Church.

Knight has been the center's director since 2007. He came to KSC from Tulsa, Okla., where, over 16 years, he served the Jewish Federation of Tulsa as director of the Council for Holocaust Education, taught “The Christian Problem of the Holocaust” at Phillips Theological Seminary, and was University chaplain and applied associate professor of hermeneutic and Holocaust studies at the University of Tulsa.

A graduate of the University of Alabama (English Literature) and Emory University's Candler School of Theology, Knight is an ordained Methodist minister who specializes in post-Holocaust Christian theology.

His publications include “Confessing Christ in a Post-Holocaust World,” “The Holy Ground of Hospitality: Good News for a Shoah-Tempered World,” and “Locating God: Placing Ourselves in a Post-Shoah World.”

In 1996, Knight co-founded the Pastora Goldner (now Stephen S. Weinstein) Holocaust Symposium, an international gathering of Holocaust and genocide scholars that meets biennially at Wroxton College in northern Oxfordshire, England.

Knight co-chairs the symposium with Leonard Grob of Fairleigh Dickinson University.

AAUW is a national organization that advances education and equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. The Brattleboro branch was founded in 1926.

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