Summer Seminar in Athens

A participant in the seminar in Athens talking with a Holocaust survivor

Leadership Conference in Detroit, Michigan

Educators gathered for TOLI's first 3-day leadership conference for alumni of the seminar in New York City

Summer Seminar in Bulgaria

Participants and faculty after a visit to the Sofia Synagogue [...continue]

Thinking deeply and creatively about Holocaust and Social Justice Education

Participants at the Leadership Institute in New York City work collaboratively on their vision of best practice.

Studying the Holocaust and Social Justice in Romania

Participants in the Romanian seminar meet with Holocaust survivor Iancu Tucarman

Summer Seminar in New York City

Participants and faculty of the summer seminar in New York visiting the Museum of Jewish Heritage.

Bringing the lessons of the Holocaust into today's world

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, and The Olga Lengyel Institute (TOLI) is continuing her mission. Olga Lengyel 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. Dr. Perl created the Holocaust Educators Network, a program designed to bring the lessons of the Holocaust into today’s world. Beginning in the summer of 2006 with 21 teachers in New York City, our network now numbers over 1000 teachers in the United States and Europe.

Educators In Action

Teaching the Holocaust in Greece

In a country where the Jewish community was almost wiped out extremism is on the rise and anti-semitism polls the highest in  Europe, a seminar in Athens brings a timely […continue]

TOLI’s First-Ever Leadership Conference Connects and Inspires Holocaust Educators

When the TOLI board decided to go ahead with its first-ever Leadership Conference for Holocaust Educators, it saw a unique opportunity to invest in its alumni. For starters, it wanted […continue]

Summer Satellite Seminars the Largest Number in TOLI’s History

In 2017, TOLI ran 11 satellite seminars in communities across the country, the largest number in its history. The summer 2017 schedule, which included five new locations, reflected TOLI’s ongoing […continue]

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To Remember

  • Tanya Stefanova Popova-Decheva, Sevlievo

Different but Together

  • Cerasela Marin, Campina

O’Neill High School Remembrance Project

  • Katrina Gotschall, O'Neill High School, Nebraska

To Be Human in an Inhuman World

  • Sashka Konakchiyska and Daniela Mertakchiyska, Sepereva Banya

Visas for Life Project

  • Toshimi Abe-Janiga, Riviera Beach Preparatory and Achievement Academy, Riviera Beach, Florida

Graduates of TOLI Summer Seminars are eligible to apply for mini-grants to support projects in their classrooms, their schools, and their communities. Grants are awarded to support a wide variety of classroom work, visits by Holocaust survivors, field trips to Holocaust centers and other relevant sites, and extended programming and community outreach that bring Holocaust and social justice education to wider audiences.


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European Mini Grants

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Mini Grants
Euro Grants

Satellite Programs

The Satellite Seminars bring TOLI programs to teachers across the country. These five-day seminars are designed to provide a collaborative and safe environment in which teachers can explore the difficult subject of the Holocaust and other genocides. While each Satellite focuses on local issues, the overall goal is for teachers in all of the Satellites to leave with strategies, materials, and ideas for use in their own classrooms. One long-term goal is for teachers to become advocates for social change and to return to their classrooms with action plans that will enable them and their students to have a positive impact on their communities.

Satellite Locations

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International Programs

TOLI has been steadily expanded its reach overseas after identifying a critical need to train teachers in Europe. Beginning in 2012, it began providing important resources to European educators with limited or no access to the tools they need to engage students in the study of the Holocaust and social justice issues.

TOLI currently runs training seminars in Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, and Austria. The long-term goals of these initiatives are to bolster the National Network of Holocaust and Social Justice Educators in the countries where it offers programming and to build a broad platform for international Holocaust educators. In only a few short years, TOLI’s network has already grown to include more than 400 teachers in Europe.

International Programs

  • Romania

    TOLI works in partnership with the “Eli Wiesel” National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania and the Precept Ministries Association to organize summer seminars for Romanian educators. Held in the towns of Surduc and Lugoj, the seminars expose participants to innovative teaching methodologies and provide them with a forum for thinking creatively and collaboratively about how they teach the Holocaust and social justice in their schools. [...learn more]

  • Bulgaria

    TOLI organizes seminars for Bulgarian teachers in cooperation with the American University in Bulgaria and the Israel-Bulgaria Institute. Entitled Learning about the Past – Acting for the Future: Teaching about the Holocaust and Social Justice, the seminars aim to enrich the quality of Holocaust and social justice education in Bulgaria. They provide a meaningful opportunity for participants to integrate national and international pedagogical approaches in the teaching of these challenging topics and in conveying the contemporary relevance of the Holocaust to their students. [...learn more]

  • Austria

    In spring 2016, the Bundesrealgymnasium in der Au and TOLI offered a six-day seminar for teachers of middle and high schools focusing on issues of historical-political education and Holocaust education. This seminar brought together teachers from Austria and the United States to explore each others’ narratives about the history of National Socialism and the Holocaust, to exchange approaches and methods derived from their classrooms, and to discuss current challenges in education in both countries. Another seminar will be offered in March of 2018. Participants worked in curriculum groups to create teaching units reflecting current issues of Holocaust education collaboratively and to engage in discussions about the question of transnational normative values.The seminar took place at the Bundesrealgymnasium in der Au in Innsbruck.  [...learn more]

  • Greece

    The seminar in Greece was developed by TOLI in partnership with the Jewish Museum of Greece and held under the auspices of the Ministry of Education in Greece. The seminar aims to contribute to increasing the quality of education regarding the Holocaust and social justice in Greece. The program provides a rich opportunity to integrate national and international approaches in teaching about these topics and in understanding the contemporary relevance of this important part of modern history. [...learn more]