While the health crisis prevented 27 teachers from attending the national seminar in New York in June, the participants have enthusiastically embarked on a yearlong journey together reading, writing, [ more]

TOLI Art Exhibit

Visit our TOLI Art Exhibit page to view the powerful pieces from students around the world reflecting what they have learned about the Holocaust through art. [ more]

"Stamped" Online Antiracism Reading Group, Mississippi

The Mississippi Satellite opened an invitation to 16 educators for an intensive weeklong reading, reflecting, and discussing "Stamped: Racism, Antiracism," and You, by Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi [ more]

TOLI Holds Second Annual Teachers' Seminar for Lithuania Teachers

Assia Raberman, Holocaust survivor, speaking to teachers at Lithuania seminar in 2019. [ more]

Bettina Pope

A teacher in Wake Forest, NC and TOLI alumnae, sees the impact of her teaching the Holocaust has in today’s anti-racism movement. [ more]

Worlds Apart But Not Strangers

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


In 2021, TOLI has a full slate of programs for teachers in the US and Europe (to be posted soon).  While our online seminars drew an enthusiastic response, we hope to return to in-person seminars.  Last year also was marked by escalating extremism, a rise in anti-Semitism and an unprecedented response to racial discrimination. Our work is more important than ever. We look forward to providing hundreds of dedicated educators with the resources to teach the Holocaust and apply its lessons to the classroom.

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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Katarzyna  Laziuk knew little about the Jewish history of Mińsk Mazowiecki, the small Polish city east of Warsaw when she was growing up. But as a teacher, Kasia, as everyone calls her, has been in forefront to document and present that history and to educate about the Holocaust, which ended a 400-years of Jews living in her city

Once she began on this mission, some 11 years ago, it became a special journey for Kasia.  Today, Kasia is TOLI National Coordinator for Poland.

Before World War II, thousands of Jews lived in Mińsk Mazowiecki (not to be confused with Minsk, once a major center of Jewish life and today the capital of Belarus).  Most of them were killed when the Nazis liquidated the Mińsk ghetto on July 21, 1942 and sent 5000 Jews by train to the Treblinka extermination camp. There, about 1300 were shot in the streets of  Mińsk Mazowiecki, while most of the others died in the death camp.  Another 650 of Mińsk’s remaining Jews were killed in 1943. Only one Jewish family remains in the city.

For much of the 22 years she was a local high-school teacher, Kasia wasn’t really aware of that history.  But 11 years ago, Kasia’s school hosted over 100 Israeli students to prepare for the visit. That’s when she began researching Jewish history and Judaism. Since then, she has been active in teaching the Holocaust and preserving the memory of Jews from her hometown. Every year, she organizes a commemoration on the anniversary of the destruction of the Jewish ghetto, a moving event bringing students and the public. Read Full Profile Here

TOLI in the News

TOLI Statement on Violence At the US Capitol

, Like so many  Americans, we were shocked and dismayed  by the mob violence at the US Capitol this week. We condemn this appalling crime and those responsible, many representing […continue]

Times Of Israel – As Holocaust Awareness Declines in US, Youth Make Art to Preserve Fading History

NY’s Olga Lengyel Institute reacts to disturbing new research about lack of once common Holocaust facts, highlighting its new ‘How High School Students See the Holocaust’ exhibit By MATT LEBOVIC  September […continue]

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Broken Glass, Broken Lives: Putting the Pieces Back Together

  • Scott Lone, West Bend High School, West Bend, Wisconsin

How Can the World Community Ensure ‘Never Again’?: An Evening With Holocaust Survivor Irving Roth

  • Jennifer Rodgers, Dominion High School, Sterling, Virginia

Memory and Legacy – Migration Workshop with Rachael Cerrotti

  • Amy McLaughlin-Hatch, Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School, South Easton, Massachusetts

A Student’s Journey

  • Angela Frank, Springbrook Middle School, Adrian, Michigan

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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US Grants
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Satellite Programs

While TOLI has had to cancel or alter these programs because of coronavirus, the following indicates the many seminars scheduled in 2020 and that will take place in 2021.


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

In Europe, where seminars were planned for nine countries, programs have largely continued, but online. Adjusting to the new format, the seminars are extended to weekly events over extended time.  Much of the emphasis will be devoted to the hundreds of graduates of TOLI seminars, providing ongoing professional development. The highlight in 2020 for TOLI Europe is a 10-week online seminar for 40 teachers from several European countries. Coordinated by TOLI International Programs  Director Oana Nestian-Sandu, this will be TOLI’s first transnational seminar for European teachers, bringing together educators  from 15 countries.For more information, see International Programs in 2020.

Program Locations

Learn about International Programs