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About HGEN

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HGEN Mission Statement

The mission of the Holocaust & Genocide Education Network is to advance and improve Holocaust and genocide education in Ohio through professional development, educator workshops, and the dissemination of tools that connect educators and the public with accurate, relevant, and useful educational resources.

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History

In 1986, the 46-member, non-profit Ohio Council on Holocaust Education was founded by executive order (Executive Order 86-24) of then Governor Richard F. Celeste, with Max Friedman and Dagmar Celeste, as co-chairs. In 2013, the Council voted to amend its name to the Ohio Council on Holocaust and Genocide Education (OCHGE), but the purpose of the Council remained the same as it was the day of its founding–to expand and improve Holocaust and genocide education in Ohio and throughout the country. In 2022 the OCHGE formally changed its name to the Holocaust & Genocide Education Network (HGEN) to better reflect its committment to establishing large-scale connections to Ohio educators.

The administrative operations of HGEN have, at various times, been overseen by staff at educational institutions throughout the state. Currently, HGEN is housed in the Department of History at Cleveland State University.

To accomplish its objectives, HGEN provides educators with accurate, relevant, and useful materials for teaching about the Holocaust and genocide through the its website. The website also offers access to information regarding Holocaust-related events throughout the state. HGEN itself conducts workshops in which teachers learn and discuss how to teach this content. To date, HGEN has trained over a thousand educators at workshops at colleges and universities throughout the state. Demand for these learning events for educators continues, as genocide, war crimes, and human rights violations have not abated in our times.

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Board of Directors

The Holocaust & Genocide Education Network is governed by the Members of its Board. These include academics, teachers, and citizens with a concern for Holocaust education.

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Executive Director

Dr. Mark B. Cole – Cleveland

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President

Tim Murnen, PhD. – Bowling Green

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Secretary

Brad Beach, PhD. – North Canton

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Council Members

Marilyn W. Feldman – Canton

Ellen Fettner – Cincinnati

Renate Frydman, Ph.D. – Dayton

Esther Cohen Hexter – Akron

Steven J. Howell, Ph.D. – Kent

Marty J. Kalb – Delaware

Jesse McClain, NBCT – Youngstown

Jillian Nataupsky – Hudson

Raz Pounardjian- Cleveland

Helena Schlam – Columbus

Suzyn Schwebel Epstein – Boardman (Past President)

Mike Skladany, Ph.D.-Cleveland

Ira Segalewitz – Dayton

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