Holocaust Educators Network


The image of the Holocaust is with us—a memory which haunts, a sounding board for all subsequent evil—in the back of the mind…for all of us now living: we, the inheritors.”

– Terrence Des Pres

Summer Seminar participants reading from “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” with director Jane Tamarkin

Supported by the The Olga Lengyel Institute, the Manhattan-based Holocaust Educators Network (HEN) was created in 2006 by Dr. Sondra Perl. HEN offers a twelve-day summer seminar for faculty from middle schools, high schools, colleges, and universities interested in furthering their knowledge about the Holocaust and other genocides. Using an inquiry-based approach, HEN provides educators with tools to heighten their students’ engagement with this sensitive subject matter, guiding students from shock and denial to compassion and social action.

During a summer seminar, educators have the opportunity to:

HEN teacher Rene MacVay identifies her home town on our last day

  • Explore the intricacies of pedagogy with like-minded colleagues
  • Meet with Holocaust survivors
  • Work with Holocaust scholars and researchers
  • Learn about Jewish culture and rituals
  • Explore New York City

Following a summer seminar, HEN teachers:

  • Implement social justice and Holocaust curriculum in their classrooms
  • Join the HEN listserv
  • Apply for mini-grants to develop projects in their schools and communities
  • Work with fellow participants to create classroom exchanges or host community events
  • Are eligible to apply for the Leadership Institute
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The Holocaust raises huge and often unanswerable questions. It is a history that is emotionally complex and as Des Pres states a history that haunts us still.”

– Sondra Perl, Seminar Director


For more information about The Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights (TOLI), please contact info@toli.us

TOLI is located at 58 East 79th Street in Manhattan. (get directions)