Welcome to The Memorial Library & The Holocaust Educators Network

  • A student in Mike Madden’s class in Sugar Land, Texas, prepares the Hall of Remembrance to prepare for a community-wide event. [...continue reading]
  • Students in in Boise, Idaho celebrate their accomplishments in the “Story, Humanity, Home” project led by Diane Williams. [...continue reading]
  • Seminar Participant Michelle Sadrena Clark (’13) with President Obama at the USC Shoah Foundation Gala in Los Angeles. [...continue reading]
  • HEN teachers and faculty create portrait boxes on day 1 of the summer seminar. [...continue reading]
  • Irving Roth, Holocaust survivor and Director of the Holocaust Resource Center- Temple Judea, speaks with participant Andrea Kirkpatrick. [...continue reading]
  • Concluding an all-day writing marathon at the Voices of Liberty exhibit at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in lower Manhattan. [...continue reading]
  • Rabbi Greg Wall brings klezmer music to our classroom, Auschwitz survivor Olga Lengyel’s former dining room. [...continue reading]
  • After days of immersion in Holocaust history and testimony, HEN teachers and faculty enjoy an evening in NY harbor aboard Captain Pat’s schooner. [...continue reading]
  • HEN teachers approach the memorial at the entry gate to the Majdanek concentration camp in Lublin, Poland. [...continue reading]
  • Teachers in the 2013 Leadership Institute held at John Jay College, CUNY, receive advanced training before mounting seminars in their home states. [...continue reading]

Contact

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

The Memorial Library is located at 58 East 79th Street in Manhattan. (get directions)

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 700 teachers in 40 states.

Holocaust Educators in Action

Leadership Institute Lays the Foundation for Seven New Satellite Seminars

TOLI and the Memorial Library are pleased to announce that they will launch several new satellite seminars in the summer of 2017, part of an ongoing effort to expand a nationwide network of Holocaust and social justice educators. Graduates of the Library’s Leadership Institute, which took place from July 5-12, 2016, will co-lead the seminars […continue]

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The Power of Words: Teachers Lead with The Tikkun Olam Project

For participants in the Memorial Library’s annual New York City Summer, language and literature are among the most powerful forces in their classrooms. They are the tools with which they engage their students in meaningful discussion about the Holocaust, and they are what helps influence their classes to take up causes of social justice – […continue]

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The Memorial Library Presents at the 2016 National Writing Project Annual Meeting in Atlanta

This past November, The Olga Lengyel Institute (TOLI) and the Memorial Library offered an interactive workshop at the 2016 annual meeting of the National Writing Project (NWP), held this year in Atlanta, Georgia. The session, entitled Looking Back, Looking Forward: Teaching about the Holocaust and Social Justice, was well-attended by participating educators. It addressed the […continue]

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At the Library’s First Bi-National Seminar, American and Austrian Teachers Explore Powerful Lessons of the Holocaust

The Memorial Library recently held its first bi-national seminar for educators from the United States and Austria, giving them the opportunity to explore together both the powerful lessons of the Holocaust and the educational challenges they face when teaching the Holocaust in their classrooms. The exchange took place in Innsbruck, Austria from March 16-21, 2016. […continue]

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HEN Teachers Collaborate on Global Learning Project

At the end of the 2015 New York City Summer Seminar, three participating teachers – Patrick Connelly from Rochester, New York, Marianna Pataki from Budapest, Hungary, and Angela Gascho from San Diego, California – came up with the shoot-for-the-moon idea to create an online student forum for dialogue about the Holocaust and human rights issues. […continue]

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