Distinguished historian speaks to TOLI About Lessons of Holocaust

Renowned historian and Holocaust scholar, Timothy Snyder, sat down October 6 to discuss the lessons for the Holocaust today. [...read more]

NYC Flagship Seminar drew educators from across the US, June 18-21

The NYC Flagship Seminar operated virtually with guest speakers, writing reflections, and challah baking. Our next in-person eleven-day summer seminar in NYC will take place in June 2022. [...read more]

TOLI Italy Concludes International Summer Programs, August 29-September 2

Educators convened in Padua, Italy for the third TOLI Italy seminar. Participants visited Jewish cemeteries, listened to Holocaust survivor Lia Sacerdoti, and toured the stepping stones in Padua. [...read more]

Fourth Annual TOLI seminar in Poland took place August 17-21

Participants of the TOLI International Program in Poland traveled to the town of Oscwiecim, and heard sessions organized by the Auschwitz Institute of Human Rights. [...read more]

Thirty-Four Teachers take part in Inaugural TOLI Serbia program, August 22-26

The inaugural TOLI program in Serbia includes interactive sessions, a visit to the Synagogue, a tour of Jewish heritage in the city, and discussion with three second generation survivors. [...read more]

Wisconsin Educators Examine Holocaust Lessons for Today

Participants of the TOLI Wisconsin seminar had the opportunity to go to the Illinois Holocaust Memorial Museum where they had guided tours with three docents. [...read 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. [...read 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 [...read more]


Over 150 educators from across the US took part in 12 professional development seminars across the US, many of them in-person following a year of only virtual programs. The high turnout of educators was in response to the rising levels of hatred and intolerance seen in the US over the past year. These satellite programs took place in: Arizona, Oregon, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, Maryland, California, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Virginia, New Mexico, as well as the New York Flagship seminar.

In Europe, TOLI programs have concluded for the summer, these programs included Bulgaria, Italy, Poland, Romania, and Serbia.




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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TOLI Teachers Recognized with Awards

We are proud of the many teachers in the US and Europe who have participated in TOLI seminars on Holocaust education and human rights. They have enriched their schools and classrooms, providing their students with a greater appreciation for social justice and democratic pluralism. Here are profiles of three of our TOLI alumni, two in the US and one in Europe.

Congratulations to Kasia Łaziuk, TOLI Program Coordinator in Poland, who recently won first prize in the international competition “My Memory, My Responsibility. In My Place,” which was organized by the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and the Auschwitz-Birkenau Institute. Kasia’s submission details the work she has done with her students to keep Jewish culture alive in Poland. 

The photo is © Zaitz Photography.

Congratulations to Scott Lone, who was recognized with the Rolfs Educational Foundation Award by the West Bend School District. Scott attended TOLI’s Flagship seminar in 2014 and TOLI’s Leadership seminar 2016 and 2019. Scott is the founding coordinator of the satellite seminar program in Wisconsin. 
Congratulations to Toshimi Abe-Janiga, who was recognized with the Palm Beach County Teacher of the Year Award. Toshimi participated in the TOLI summer seminar in New York City in 2014 and the national TOLI leadership conference in Detroit in 2017, and she took part in the seminar in Vilnius, Lithuania in 2019. Joining TOLI’s network enabled Toshimi to connect with a community of like minded educators to whom she could reach out for support. 

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TOLI in the News

Portland Tribune – Clackamas County educators implement Holocaust curriculum

By Jaelen Ogadhoh Two Clackamas County educators are attending a five-day seminar focused on implementing Holocaust education and other instruction on racial and ethnic discrimination in Oregon. The program, called […continue]

Loudoun Times-Mirror – Educator program explores effects of Holocaust, racial injustice

By John Battiston Last week, Loudoun County Public Schools partnered with The Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Education (TOLI) to conduct a seminar exploring the Holocaust and Virginia’s history of […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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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.

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International Programs

For 2021, eight national seminars – in Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Serbia, Italy, Lithuania, Ukraine, and Spain – and one international conference in Romania are planned, all of them expected to take place in-person. 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 2021.

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