VIDEO: Teaching the Holocaust and its Lessons in Italy

First TOLI seminar in Italy held in Asti, a center of anti-Nazi resistance. Click "read more" to watch the video! [ more]

Holocaust and Rescue are Probed at Lisbon Seminar

Teachers at TOLI seminar in Lisbon gather around memorial to Jews who were killed during the inquisition. Over 30 Portuguese educators took part in the TOLI-Memoshoa seminar in Lisbon, Oct. 5-8, 2018 [ more]

TOLI Seminar in Poland for Teachers Examines Holocaust, Anti-Semitism and Racism

Chief Rabbi of Poland, Michael Schudrich, Speaking at a Synagogue at a TOLI Seminar [ more]

TOLI Welcomes the 13th Cohort of the NYC Summer Seminar

This year, with the addition of Vermont, North Dakota, and Hawaii, TOLI has hosted participants from all 50 states. [ more]

Jackson, MS Seminar Examines German Anti-Jewish and Jim Crow Race Laws

Inaugural TOLI satellite seminar for educators in Jackson, Mississippi [ more]

Sacramento Seminar: Lens on Asian Americans

Japanese-American Internment of WWII and Mien Refugees of Laos [ more]


The mission of the Olga Lengyel Institute is to educate students in the United States, Europe and other parts of the world about human rights and social justice through the lens of the Holocaust and other genocides so that such atrocities may never again take place.

To accomplish its mission, 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. Learn more.

TOLI in the News

THE NEW YORK JEWISH WEEK – Teaching The Holocaust In The Land Of Truffles

Over 30 teachers from Italy gather for a training seminar in Northern Italy.

BOSTON JEWISH ADVOCATE: Amherst, Mass. Teaching the Holocaust Through Writing

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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.


Learn about Mini-Grants


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
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 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

Learn about International Programs