Summer Seminar in Bulgaria

Participants and faculty of the newly launched Memorial Library Seminar in Bulgaria. [...continue]

Lisa Muller Shares Her Mission To Study The Holocaust In Indiana

Educator Lisa Muller of Castle High School, Indiana. [...continue]

Teaching The Lessons Of The Holocaust: An Outreach Program In Sugar Land

On February 11, 2015, Clements High School, the Southwest Region of the Anti-Defamation League, and the Holocaust Museum Houston (HMH) collaborated with Michael Madden. [...continue]

"Story, Humanity, Home" Refugee Project

Students in in Boise, Idaho celebrate their accomplishments in a community-based project led by Diane Williams. [...continue]

Satellite Seminar for Michigan teachers

John Farris and Corey Harbaugh, leaders of the Satellite Seminar in Michigan with Holocaust survivor and guest speaker Paula Marks Bolton.

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.

Educators In Action

The Memorial Library Expands Its European Program, Launching Its First-Ever Summer Seminar in Bulgaria

In 2012, the Memorial Library expanded its efforts into Europe after identifying the critical need to train Holocaust educators in Romania. Partnering with the Elie Wiesel National Institute for the […continue]

Lisa Muller Shares Her Mission to Study the Holocaust in Indiana

Lisa Muller, a participant in the Memorial Library’s 2011 New York Summer Seminar, always knew she would become a teacher.  Though a few detours delayed her career after college, she […continue]

Teaching the Lessons of the Holocaust: An Outreach Program in Sugar Land

On February 11, 2015, Clements High School, the Southwest Region of the Anti-Defamation League, and the Holocaust Museum Houston (HMH) collaborated with Michael Madden in presenting his annual community outreach […continue]

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Studying Other Cultures

  • Suzanne Sullivan, Chippewa Middle School, MI
Students performed collaborative work in response to learning about Holocaust and current refugees

Response-Ability: Empathy in Action

  • Michelle Sadrena Clark, High Tech High North County, CA
Students in Jane Luethge's class in Nebraska with Holocaust survivor Lou Leviticus at the Strategic Air and Space Museum.

WWII Speaker Series

  • Jane Luethge, Burke High School, Omaha, NE
Emmanuel talks with a student at New Prairie High School

Emmanuel Habimana, Rwandan Genocide Survivor, Speaks with Students

  • Jon Baker, Paddock View School, IN
  • Sid Shroyer, New Prairie High School, IN
Students meet with a survivor at the USHMM

O’Neill High School Remembrance Project

  • Katrina Gotschall, O'Neill High School, NE

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.


Learn about Mini-Grants

Satellite Programs

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.

Satellite Locations

Learn about Satellite Programs

International Programs

The Memorial Library has recently expanded its reach to include programming abroad, and has offered programs in Romania and Bulgaria. We are currently carrying out feasibility research in other European countries for potential future seminars.


International Programs

  • Romania

    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. Read more! [...learn more]

  • Bulgaria

    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. Read more! [...learn more]