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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.

Bringing the Lessons Back Home: Our Trip to Poland & Israel

Why did we go? What did we think? Listen as HEN teachers reflect on the journey.

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memorial library’s founder Olga Lengyel

Auschwitz survivor Olga Lengyel dedicated her life to preserving the memory of those who died as a result of the atrocities of World War II. The Memorial Library is her legacy.
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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

Memorial Library 2015 Summer NYC Seminar, June 20-July 2: Applications Now Open

The application cycle for The 10th Annual Memorial Library Summer Seminar on Holocaust Education in New York City is now open.   The twelve-day seminar, an interdisciplinary inquiry on teaching the Holocaust, will take place from June 20-July 1, 2015.   Prior classroom experience teaching the Holocaust or a curriculum that focuses on social injustice […]

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Memorial Library Educators Present at 2014 NWP Annual Meeting in Maryland

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 […]

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PRESIDENT OBAMA APPLAUDS THE WORK OF MEMORIAL LIBRARY HOLOCAUST EDUCATORS

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 […]

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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 […]

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2013 LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE PREPARES TEACHERS TO CONDUCT NEW SATELLITE SEMINARS

On June 22 – 27, 2013, experienced educators from California, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Texas participated in advanced training designed to help them launch Satellite Seminars in their home states. The program, held off-site at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, included workshops with Sheridan Blau, Distinguished Senior Lecturer […]

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