58 East 79th St., #2F
New York, N.Y. 10075
(get directions)
(212) 249-5384

Holocaust Educators Network
c/o Lehman College, CUNY
English Department, Carman Hall #302C
250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, N.Y. 10468

*On all grant-funded projects, the cap set on indirect costs is 10%.

Sondra Perl, Director

Sondra Perl is Professor of English at Lehman College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. An acclaimed teacher, she is the author of six books and the recipient of both a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Carnegie Foundation’s Professor of the Year award. Perl’s desire to explore the difficult subject of the Holocaust began 17 years ago when she was invited to teach in Austria, a journey she chronicles in On Austrian Soil: Teaching Those I Was Taught to Hate. Ever since, she has been involved in post-Holocaust dialogue with members of the second and third generations in the United States and in Europe. In addition to her work on the Holocaust, Perl teaches a range of courses at the City University including memoir writing and creative nonfiction for doctoral candidates and “The Arts in New York City” for freshmen at the Macaulay Honors College.


To read an excerpt from On Austrian Soil: Teaching Those I Was Taught to Hateclick here.

Jennifer Lemberg, Associate Director

Jennifer Lemberg received her Ph.D. in English and a Certificate in Women’s Studies from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She also holds a certificate from the International Trauma Studies Program, and has published essays on Holocaust literature, American Indian literature, graphic novels, and television studies. In addition to her work with HEN, Jennifer has taught composition, American women’s literature, and American Indian literature. Currently, she teaches interdisciplinary writing seminars at The Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University.


Wendy Zagray Warren, Satellite Program Coordinator

For over 25 years, Wendy Zagray Warren has facilitated learning opportunities for first graders through graduate students in Ohio, Wisconsin, Montana and Kentucky. She became involved with the National Writing Project in 2003, serving on local and national leadership teams. While teaching middle school, Wendy realized the importance of Holocaust Education as vehicle for awakening empathy and allowing students to consider their own humanity. This and her growing commitment to Indian Education for All, a Montana educational mandate, drew her to the Holocaust Educators Network in 2009. Since 2011, she has co-facilitated the Montana Satellite Seminar, Worlds Apart but Not Strangers: Holocaust Education and Indian Education for All. In 2015, Wendy earned her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. She is honored and humbled to now serve as HEN Satellite Coordinator, working in community with the brilliant educators who facilitate HEN Seminars around the nation.

Alice Braziller, Teaching Staff

Alice Braziller has taught high school English in New York City for the past 30 years. She has spent the past 27 years at Satellite Academy High School on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, an alternative school for students at risk and a place she always considered her home away from home. In September 2010, Alice retired to pursue her many other interests, including quilting, running, hiking, writing, and volunteering at local women’s shelters. While her teaching career has been filled with countless highlights, her association with the Holocaust Educators Network remains one of the brightest. Alice is inspired by the relationships she develops with colleagues from all over the country who are drawn to teaching the Holocaust and who strive to teach it effectively.


Oana Nestian Sandu, International Program Coordinator

Oana Nestian Sandu worked in Europe for over 8 years as trainer, researcher and project coordinator on human rights education, intercultural education, active citizenship, global education, social action and related topics. As part of this work, she developed educational programs and delivered training for teachers, young people, migrants, minorities (especially Roma) journalists, civil servants and private sector employees. Oana has a Ph.D. in Psychology with a thesis focused on the development of intercultural competence. She moved to the U.S. in 2014 and is currently in charge of expanding the Memorial Library’s programs in Europe.

Michael Franke, Teaching Staff, International Programs

Michael Franke studied educational sciences at Freie Universität Berlin and is specialized in historical-political education/Holocaust education. From 2005 to 2011 he worked at Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, where he was responsible for the training and supervision of tour guides as well as for the development of pedagogical approaches.
In 2011 he moved to New York. In addition to his work with the Memorial Library/Holocaust Educators Network, he volunteers as a gallery educator at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust.


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