The Memorial Library Presents at the November 2015 Meetings of the National Writers Project and the National Council of Teachers of English
Memorial Library seminar participants Sue Fletcher, Carol Revelle, and Corey Harbaugh presented at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota. [...continue]
Summer Seminar in New York City
Participants and faculty of the 2015 summer seminar in New York visiting the Museum of Jewish Heritage.
Teaching Memory of the Holocaust Has Big Impact on a Small Bulgarian Town
Students in Sonya Krancheva's class reading and discussing excerpts from The Diary of Anne Frank [...continue]
Summer Seminar in Bulgaria
Participants and faculty of the newly launched Memorial Library Seminar in Bulgaria. [...continue]
Making Connections across Continents
Holocaust survivor and author Irving Roth with 2015 NYC summer seminar participants from Hungary Marianna Pataki and Peter Szabo.
Bringing the lessons of the Holocaust into today's world
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 800 teachers in 40 states.
Dragomir Dachev: Teaching Students to Raise Their Voices against Local Prejudice
When he began teaching four years ago, Dragomir Dachev had only a rudimentary grasp of Holocaust history. He had studied it on a basic level in secondary school and then again in university, and had also read about it on his own and watched several films that touched on related themes. But as a teacher [...continue]
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Graduates of the Memorial Library Summer Seminars are eligible to apply for mini-grants of up to $1,000 for projects in their classrooms, their schools, and their communities. Grants are awarded to support a wide variety of classroom work, visits by Holocaust survivors, field trips to Holocaust centers and other relevant sites, and extended programming and community outreach that bring Holocaust and social justice education to wider audiences. To date, the Library has awarded more than forty grants to participating teachers across the United States.
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The Satellite Seminar Program brings the Holocaust Educators Network to teachers across the country. These five-day seminars are designed to provide a collaborative and safe environment in which teachers can explore the difficult subject of the Holocaust and other genocides. While each Satellite focuses on local issues, the overall goal is for teachers in all of the Satellites to leave with strategies, materials, and ideas for use in their own classrooms. One long-term goal is for teachers to become advocates for social change and to return to their classrooms with action plans that will enable them and their students to have a positive impact on their communities.
- Chico, California
- Boise, Idaho
- Lexington, Kentucky
- Salisbury, Maryland
- Amherst, Massachusetts
- Farmington Hills, Michigan
- Missoula, Montana
- Albuquerque, New Mexico
- Glen Cove, New York
- Raleigh, North Carolina
- Cincinnati, Ohio
- Holocaust Center for Humanity, Seattle, Washington
The Memorial Library has recently expanded its reach to include programming abroad, and has offered programs in Romania, Bulgaria and Austria. We are currently carrying out feasibility research in other European countries for potential future seminars.
The activities of the Memorial Library in Romania started with a seminar on Holocaust education for school superintendents held in 2012 and 2013. The focus was expanded, and the Library now cosponsors an annual seminar for teachers and a national contest for high school and middle school students. In 2015, the seminar offered learning opportunities about teaching methods, curricular and extra-curricular activities and provided teachers with the opportunity to share their views and needs regarding teaching about the Holocaust. [...learn more]
Recently the Library launched a summer program for teachers is currently being developed in partnership with the Bulgarian Ministry of Education, American University in Bulgaria, and the Israel-Bulgaria Institute. Held in Blagoevgrad from July 26-30, 2015, the seminar offered teachers from across Bulgaria the opportunity to learn from internationally renowned lecturers, to interact with survivors and to think creatively and collaboratively about how to teach the Holocaust and social justice. Another seminar is planned for 2016. [...learn more]
In spring 2016, the Bundesrealgymnasium in der Au and the Memorial Library will offer a six-day seminar for teachers of middle and high schools focusing on issues of historical-political education and Holocaust education. This seminar brings together teachers from Austria and the United States to explore each others’ narratives about the history of National Socialism and the Holocaust, to exchange approaches and methods derived from their classrooms, and to discuss current challenges in education in both countries. Participants will be encouraged to work in curriculum groups to create teaching units reflecting current issues of Holocaust education collaboratively and to engage in discussions about the question of transnational normative values.The seminar will take place at the Bundesrealgymnasium in der Au in Innsbruck. [...learn more]