At the Library’s First Bi-National Seminar, American and Austrian Teachers Explore Powerful Lessons of the Holocaust
Participants and faculty in the Memorial Library's first bi-national program in Innsbruck, Austria. [...continue]
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.
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.
“To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect,” wrote Oscar Wilde. Today, Wilde’s words resonate as the mission statement of the Bundesrealgymnasium (BRG) in der Au, the middle school and high school in Innsbruck, Austria where Nadine Ulseβ-Schurda incorporates Holocaust education into her teaching of English and German. “I’ve always tried to teach it,” [...continue]
Teaching What You Are
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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
- Salisbury, Maryland
- Amherst, Massachusetts
- Missoula, Montana
- Albuquerque, New Mexico
- Raleigh, North Carolina
- Cincinnati, Ohio
- Holocaust Center for Humanity, Seattle, Washington
In addition to its work with educators from across the United States, the Memorial Library has also steadily expanded its reach overseas after identifying a critical need to train teachers in Europe. Beginning in 2012, it began providing important resources to European educators with limited or no access to the tools they need to engage students in the study of the Holocaust and social justice issues.
The Library currently runs training seminars in Romania, Bulgaria, and Austria. The long-term goals of these initiatives are to bolster the National Network of Holocaust and Social Justice Educators in the countries where it offers programming and to build a broad platform for international Holocaust educators. In only a few short years, the Library’s Holocaust Educators Network has already grown to include more than 200 teachers in Europe.
The Library launched its first-ever European seminar in Romania in 2012. Partnering with the Elie Wiesel National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania, the Library has since offered annual summer seminars to engage school superintendents, teachers, researchers, and doctoral candidates with wide-reaching impact nationwide. [...learn more]
In the summer of 2015, the Library initiated its program in Bulgaria with the cooperation of the Bulgarian Ministry of Education, American University in Bulgaria, and the Israel-Bulgaria Institute. An annual training seminar enables the Library to reach middle and high school teachers from across the country. The Library’s inaugural seminar in Bulgaria, entitled Learning about the Past - Acting for the Future: Teaching about the Holocaust and Social Justice, took place from July 26-30, 2015 in Blagoevrad. [...learn more]
In spring 2016, the Bundesrealgymnasium in der Au and the Memorial Library offered a six-day seminar for teachers of middle and high schools focusing on issues of historical-political education and Holocaust education. This seminar brought 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 worked 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 took place at the Bundesrealgymnasium in der Au in Innsbruck. [...learn more]