Category Archives: Press Releases

Learning from the Past, Acting for the Future

We are happy to share with you our brand new Handbook – Learning from the Past, Acting for the Future, describing TOLI interdisciplinary approach, based on the experience of working in 10 European countries, over the last 10 years. In this handbook, teachers can find: a rationale for an interdisciplinary approach combining Holocaust education, human […continue]

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RNS: Teaching teachers about the Holocaust and its lessons for democracy today

The Olga Lengyel Institute trains schoolteachers to view the Holocaust as a prism for understanding social injustice, bigotry and hatred. Read more in Religion News Service>>

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TOLI-Supported Project Wins International Discovery Award

The Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes honored a Nebraska high school student with the 2022 International Discovery Award for a TOLI-supported project. Gracie Conrad, a junior at Loup County High School won the award for her film documenting Betty Goudsmit-Oudkerk, an unsung hero from the Holocaust. Conrad’s teacher Meagan McNeil Heilberg, participated in the […continue]

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TOLI Seminar Leader Nicole Korsen’s Lesson Featured in PBS Documentary

Nicole Korsen is an English teacher at Dominion High School in Sterling, Virginia, and one of TOLI’s Satellite Seminar leaders. She created the lesson “The Symbolism of the Statue of Liberty” featured in the new Ken Burns PBS documentary “The U.S. and the Holocaust”. Find “The Symbolism of the Statue of Liberty” on PBS here>> […continue]

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MassLive: Ken Burns Holocaust documentary raises important questions, say survivors, educators

Ken Burns’ new PBS documentary offers a multi-layered look into a democracy built on immigration and egalitarianism likely to resonant with viewers as those interviewed discuss anti-Semitism, racism and authoritarianism in the country when the Nazis rose to power in Germany and began to introduce anti-Jewish legislation and propagate hatred against the Jewish population. Educator Cara Crandall […continue]

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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 Holocaust Studies and Human Rights, or TOLI, a New York-based nonprofit that promotes Holocaust education. Read more in the JTA>>

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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, which is sponsored by the Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies, headquartered in New York, and which conducts Holocaust education programs for teachers throughout the […continue]

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Detroit Jewish News: Understanding Jewish Philanthropy

Samantha Caminker, a sophomore at Frankel Jewish Academy, writes how she presented $5,000 in grant money to two nonprofits as part of the Morris J. & Betty Kaplun Foundation Youth Board. Read more in the Detroit Jewish News>>

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Educators from Across US Gather in NY for Program on Holocaust Education at Time of Rising Extremism

New York City, NY – 20 educators from 15 US states along with two teachers from the EU are now in New York City for an advanced program on teaching Holocaust history and human rights from July 5-16. The seminar takes place at a time when hate crimes and extremism are on the rise, and […continue]

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Educators Meet in Charlotte to Teach Holocaust Education and Human Rights

Charlotte, NC – On July 24-29, educators from across North Carolina are taking part in a program in Charlotte to support teaching the Holocaust and and human rights. Titled “Defying the ‘Single Story’: Resistance, Holocaust, and Human Rights in the Classroom, the seminar takes place at a time when extremism and hate crimes against minorities […continue]

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