TOLI Holds First Seminar in Vilnius, Lithuania

Assia Raberman, Holocaust survivor, speaking to teachers at Lithuania seminar. [ more]

TOLI Seminar in Kiev, November 1-5, for teachers in Ukraine

The seminar also visited the Babi-Yar Forest Memorial to victims of brutal Nazi massacre. [ more]

Reclaiming Our Humanity: Jackson Mississippi

Connecting anti-Jewish laws of Nazi Germany and oppressive Jim Crow laws in Southern US [ more]

TOLI in Ferrara, Italy

TOLI’s second annual seminar in Italy took place in Ferrara, bringing together 35 teachers from around the country to learn about the Holocaust and apply its lessons to their classrooms. [ more]

Worlds Apart But Not Strangers

Learning From Holocaust & Native American Experience to Confront Extremism and Intolerance [ more]

Honoring Resilience

Bridging the Gap Between Holocaust & Dakota Exile In Minnesota [ more]

"TOLI Embodies a Deep and Rich Humanity That Helps Teachers Build Relationships That Strengthen Everyone in the Struggle for Justice."

Featuring TOLI Teacher Peter Bobbe of Mountain Heritage High School, Burnsville, NC. [ more]

"My Students Will Be The Ones To Make The World A More Inclusive Place, Where No One Will Be Called 'The Other.'"

Featuring TOLI Teacher Andy Dombrowski ofChrist the King School, Lexington, KY [ more]


The Olga Lengyel Institute (TOLI) provides professional development seminars for educators in the US and abroad that link the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides to current world events, thereby working with teachers to promote a human rights and social justice agenda in their classrooms. 

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Announcing New TOLI Art Exhibit in Memory of Kathy Carlisle

TOLI is embarking on an exciting new project for 2020, and we encourage our educators from across the US and Europe to join us.  This new project is a student art exhibit in memory of Kathy Carlisle, a beloved TOLI teacher from Sacramento, California.  Kathy was a high school art teacher, photographer, and painter who was dedicated to illuminating the lessons of the Holocaust through her art and the art of her students.  Her powerful work is a testament to her artistry and love of teaching, and has inspired our new TOLI art exhibit in her memory.

We are inviting all TOLI graduates of our domestic and international seminars to submit photographs of their students’ artwork to reflect what they have learned about the Holocaust. We will begin highlighting the art through the month of February and will continue throughout the spring semester. The exhibit will feature the art of students on a new page on the TOLI website as well as in our newsletter, Facebook, and Instagram.  We also hope to showcase the artwork in local newspapers to honor student voices and ideas and to keep Kathy’s memory alive. Stay tuned!

TOLI in the News

Washington Jewish Week- Teachers Confront the Past in Lithuania and Ukraine

I recently visited Lithuania and Ukraine to take part in Holocaust education programs for local teachers, organized by the Olga Lengyel Institute for  Holocaust Studies and Human Rights (TOLI) in […continue]

Jewish Telegraphic Agency- Lithuania’s Holocaust record is an ‘open wound,’ Israeli envoy tells history teachers in Vilnius

    Lithuania’s Holocaust record is an ‘open wound,’ Israeli envoy tells history teachers in Vilnius OCTOBER 29, 2019 8:05 AM (JTA) — Israel’s ambassador to Lithuania said the European nation’s […continue]

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The Butterfly Project

  • Donna Tarney, Charlotte Catholic High School, North Carolina

Holocaust and Humanity Center in Cincinnati

  • Kristi Ugland, Tree of Life Christian School, Columbus, Ohio

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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Graduates of our summer seminars in Europe are eligible to apply for mini-grants of up to $300 for projects in their classrooms, their schools, and their communities. These grants have been  used to support teaching students about the Holocaust, human rights, Jewish life in their country or community, discrimination, tolerance, and respect for diversity.

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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 expanding its reach overseas after identifying a critical need to support teachers in Europe. Since 2012, TOLI has been 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.

Program Locations

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