Category Archives: Announcements


Inviting a Holocaust survivor to speak at a Minnesota school, a field trip by Michigan students to visit a Holocaust Center, and a student competition for a traveling exhibit in Romania – these are a few of the projects that were created, spurred by TOLI mini-grants in the US and Europe. TOLI offers teachers, alumni […continue]

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Students who want to express the impact of the Holocaust through art have an opportunity to display their work through a new project launched this year by The Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights. The exhibit was established in memory of Kathy Carlisle, a beloved TOLI participant and art teacher. TOLI teachers, graduates […continue]

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Newsday- UN to mark 75th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation

“We believe that education is the most important thing to prevent these types of holocausts in the future,” said Mark Berez of Dix Hills, who serves as president of The Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights in Manhattan, referring to mass slaughters in places such as Sudan and Syria, which occurred since […continue]

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HOLOCAUST EDUCATION AND ANTI-SEMITISM   By David Field and Mark Berez   As we approach the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the timing of this important event coincides with an unprecedented escalation of anti-Semitism. From Pittsburgh to Paris, the killing of Jews in their synagogues and homes, within living memory of the Holocaust, […continue]

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Japanese Rescuer Sugihara Remembered in Vilnius

From October 27-31 in Vilnius, Lithuania, TOLI conducted an intensive seminar for teachers in a country where over 240,000 Jews were killed during the Holocaust. Joining with local partners, the International Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Occupation Regimes in Lithuania, the Lithuanian Jewish Community, and the Vilna Gaon […continue]

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“A Multi-Generational Approach to Holocaust and Social Justice Education” Milwaukee (Fox Point), Wisconsin

“A Multi-Generational Approach to Holocaust and Social Justice Education,” TOLI’s Milwaukee (Fox Point), Wisconsin seminar, took place July 28-Aug 2, 2019. The cohort spent time learning about the rise of antisemitism in Nazi Germany and the current state of anti-Semitism. Educators met with Rabbi Ron Shapiro, Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Shalom, to learn about the […continue]

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Drawing On History: Interpreting Graphic Texts In Holocaust And Human Rights Education Charlotte, North Carolina

The Olga Lengyel Institute For Holocaust Studies and Human Rights (TOLI) 2019 Charlotte, North Carolina TOLI Summer Satellite Seminar has begun. Taking place from July 7- July 13, this seminar brings together teachers from across the Carolinas who are looking to deepen their practice of teaching the Holocaust and/or other genocides. The seminar focuses on graphic […continue]

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2019 New York City Summer Seminar

On a warm Sunday evening in June, 26 teachers from across the country gathered at the Olga Lengyel Institute for the first time.  TOLI’s 2019 summer seminar began with a short reception—an opportunity to create connections that would be built upon over the next 11 days.  During this time the teachers shared their identities, forged […continue]

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Sara Mostysser, A “Succeeder” Not Only A Survivor

Benefactor of Poland Seminar Describes her life as “Miracle” The story of Sara Mostysser, who lost her parents, sister, grandparents and other relatives during the Holocaust and went on, together with her late husband, Harry, to create a large family and successful business in the US, is not one of survival.  It’s too minimal a […continue]

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Poland Seminar: From Warsaw To Krakow And Auschwitz

32 Teachers heard testimony from Holocaust survivors, Confronting anti-Semitism   The second annual Poland seminar opened in Warsaw, hosted by the Museum of the History of Poland’s Jews (TOLI partner), and continued to Krakow, from where participants visited Auschwitz and concluded with the Jewish heritage festival.  Thirty-two teachers from throughout Poland attended the program, along […continue]

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