Summer Seminar


2014 Summer Seminar Participants © Scott Lone

Our twelve-day summer seminar is open to Holocaust educators from across the United States and will take place from June 17 – 29, 2017 in NYC. Led by Sondra Perl, Jennifer Lemberg, and their colleagues Alice Braziller, Michael Franke, and Oana Nestian-Sandu, the seminar encourages teachers to think creatively and collaboratively about how they teach the Holocaust, genocide, and social justice. Participants become adept at dealing with difficult material and discover how writing, dialogue, and inquiry can help motivate students toward social action. Prior experience teaching the Holocaust or focusing on social injustice in the classroom is required. Applicants should have at least five years’ classroom experience and need to be at least five years from retirement.

Course content includes:

  • Testimony from Holocaust survivors
  • Workshops by scholars and artists
  • A day at the Museum of Jewish Heritage
  • A focus on experiential learning, interactive pedagogy, and writing
  • Outings to historic sites and cultural events


Speakers at the 2017 Summer Seminar will include:

  • Alexandra Zapruder, author of Salvaged Pages
  • Irving Roth on surviving Auschwitz
  • Inge Auerbacher on being a child at Terezin
  • Mehnaz Afridi on Christian, Jewish, Muslim dialogue
  • Rabbi Greg Wall on Jewish culture and klezmer music

Additional speakers to be announced.

All participants receive a fellowship of $350, free housing at Columbia University, and round-trip airfare. Local transportation and most meals will be provided by the Library.

Click here to download our flier.

Applications for the 2017 Summer Seminar in New York City are now closed. We will make 2018 applications available in November.

How do we make the Holocaust accessible to students? What’s at stake for them, for us, for the world? But equally important, what can we learn by working with one another?”

– Sondra Perl, Seminar Director


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

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