Exploring the history of the Holocaust in Poland

Participants learn about Jewish culture and history in Poland with guided tours of the POLIN museum and memorial sites, including Majdanek and Auschwitz [...read more]

Exploring Virginia's history of racial injustice

Teacher explore the connection between Jim Crow laws in America and Nazi Germany’s Nuremberg laws. [...read more]

Teaching the Holocaust in Lithuania

Vilnius program for educators puts spotlight on Jewish heritage and destruction [...read more]

Teaching social justice issues in the heartland

The horrors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre demonstrate the need to teach social justice and tolerance within our communities. [...read more]

Bulgaria Seminar: Rescue of Jewish Community And Legacy Today

Annual program is held at the American University of Bulgaria [...read more]

Holocaust and Human Rights Education in US and Europe

Hundreds of educators across the US and Europe took part this summer. [...read 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, working with teachers to promote a human rights and social justice agenda in their classrooms.



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New York’s former hate crimes czar has a new mission: teaching the Holocaust

Three years after her appointment as the head of the brand-new office, Lauter stepped down in March to take a new job as executive director of the Olga Lengyel Instute for […continue]

New Mexico Jewish News Mentions TOLI

This June, a group of 14 teachers from around the state met for a week-long seminar, Teaching the Holocaust for Social Justice. This was the 9th year for the seminar, […continue]

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“The War Within These Walls” Reading and Community Discussion

  • Christina Cote- Reinhart, Gardiner Public School, Gardiner, Montana

“From the Ashes: Art of the Holocaust,” Exhibit and Event

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

“This Is Home Now: Kentucky’s Holocaust Survivors Speak,” Photography Exhibit

  • Jacqueline Kohl, Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky

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.

Learn about Mini-Grants
US Grants
Euro Grants

Satellite Programs

In the US, eight seminars took place in 2022 across the country. The seminars are professional development programs for educators to teach the Holocaust and, through that lens, view the onset historical atrocities and the dangers of extremism and intolerance.

Satellite Locations

Learn about Satellite Programs

International Programs

In Europe, TOLI programs take place this year in ten countries, mainly in Eastern Europe where almost all of the Jewish communities were destroyed in the Holocaust. Over 1,500 educators have participated in TOLI seminars, titled “Learning from the Past, Acting for the Future.”

Program Locations

Learn about International Programs