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- Seminar Participant Michelle Sadrena Clark (’13) with President Obama at the USC Shoah Foundation Gala in Los Angeles.
- HEN teachers and faculty create portrait boxes on day 1 of the summer seminar.
- Irving Roth, Holocaust survivor and Director of the Holocaust Resource Center- Temple Judea, speaks with participant Andrea Kirkpatrick.
- Past participant Gatsinzi Basaninyenzi of Alabama A&M University speaks about the genocide in Rwanda.
- Nick Winton, son of Holocaust rescuer Sir Nicholas Winton, discusses his father’s life and legacy.
- Concluding an all-day writing marathon at the Voices of Liberty exhibit at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in lower Manhattan.
- Rabbi Greg Wall brings klezmer music to our classroom, Auschwitz survivor Olga Lengyel’s former dining room.
- After days of immersion in Holocaust history and testimony, HEN teachers and faculty enjoy an evening in NY harbor aboard Captain Pat’s schooner.
- HEN teachers approach the memorial at the entry gate to the Majdanek concentration camp in Lublin, Poland.
- Teachers in the 2013 Leadership Institute held at John Jay College, CUNY, receive advanced training before mounting seminars in their home states.
Holocaust Education in New York City – and Beyond
The Memorial Library was founded in 1962 by Auschwitz survivor Olga Lengyel as a memorial to the martyrs who died fighting Nazi aggression during World War II. Olga envisioned the Library as an educational and literary center that would exhibit works of art, literature, and music related to the war. After Olga’s death in 2001, the Board of Directors turned its attention to teacher education, contacting Dr. Sondra Perl, Professor of English at Lehman College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. With the Library’s support, Dr. Perl created the Holocaust Educators Network, a nationwide program designed to bring the lessons of the Holocaust into today’s world. Beginning in the summer of 2006 with 21 teachers, HEN now numbers over 200 teachers in 40 states.
Holocaust Educators in Action
Every year, the Memorial Library surveys participants at the conclusion of the Summer Seminar, asking them to evaluate their experience through a personal and a professional lens. But for the first time in its history, the Library has conducted a comprehensive assessment of all of its nationwide seminars since their inception. The timing was right. […]Read More
Go HERE to find out more about our local programs and to apply to a seminar in your state.Read More
The Memorial Library convened a session entitled “The Role of Inquiry in Teaching about the Holocaust and Genocide” at the November 2014 National Writing Project (NWP) Annual Meeting in National Harbor, Maryland. Attendees were all teachers of the Holocaust, both new educators seeking exposure to key methodologies and veteran professionals eager to learn about cutting-edge […]Read More
On May 7th, 2014 in Los Angeles, Memorial Library teachers Michelle Sadrena Clark and Corey Harbaugh were both publicly acknowledged by President Obama. Michelle spoke at a USC Shoah Foundation gala where President Obama received an Ambassador for Humanity award. Corey was featured in a video at the event attended by approximately 1300 people including […]Read More
MEMORIAL LIBRARY EDUCATOR DIANE WILLIAMS AND HER STUDENTS WIN AWARDS FOR HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE ESSAYS
On April 16th, 2014, the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights in Boise, Idaho announced the winners of their first annual Holocaust Remembrance Essay Contest. Hundreds of students throughout the state submitted essays, but only six students received certificates of appreciation and awards ranging from $50 to $100. Five of the award recipients attend the Anser […]Read More