Category Archives: TOLI in the News


   We at TOLI, like so many others, are deeply disturbed over the senseless killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Breonna Taylor in Louisville, and the far too many other Black people who have died because of systemic racism. It is unacceptable that the scourge of racism, inequality before the law and social injustice are […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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New York Jewish Week- ‘Never Again’ Begins in the Classroom

This Monday marks 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, is a horrific encounter with history. The response to anti-Semitism can and should […continue]

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Washington Jewish Week- Teachers Confront the Past in Lithuania and Ukraine

I recently visited Lithuania and Ukraine to take part in Holocaust education programs for local teachers, organized by the Olga Lengyel Institute for  Holocaust Studies and Human Rights (TOLI) in partnership with the International Commission for the Evaluation of Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Occupation Regimes in Lithuania and the Vilna Gaon State Jewish […continue]

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Jewish Telegraphic Agency- Lithuania’s Holocaust record is an ‘open wound,’ Israeli envoy tells history teachers in Vilnius

    Lithuania’s Holocaust record is an ‘open wound,’ Israeli envoy tells history teachers in Vilnius OCTOBER 29, 2019 8:05 AM (JTA) — Israel’s ambassador to Lithuania said the European nation’s Holocaust-era history is “an open wound” and called on local patriots to teach history “honestly” because “people have to know what happened here.” Yosef Levy’s […continue]

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“Sondra Perl, director of U.S. programs for the Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights in New York City, said most programs on the Holocaust, including her organization’s, stick strictly to historical fact so as ‘not to give fuel to deniers.’”

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Great Falls Tribune- Teachers In Billings Learn From History’s Tragedies

BILLINGS — As an educator, Lacy Watson has invested in not just learning about, but learning from the worst of history. She once attended a special Holocaust training program that included a trip to Europe, visiting sites of death camps. Watson, a West High teacher who grew up in Fort Benton, believes that understanding the […continue]

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MassLive- Teacher Seminar to Focus on Holocaust Lessons for Today

AMHERST – Teachers from across New England will attend a professional development seminar on the Holocaust July 15 through 20 at the University of Massachusetts. Some six million Jews and others were murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators who considered them inferior and the seminar will look at what lessons can be learned from these crimes […continue]

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Billings Gazette- The Holocaust and American Indian Massacres: Teachers in Billings learn from history’s tragedies

The Billings, Montana Seminar, Worlds Apart But Not Strangers was featured in the Billings Gazette, the main newspaper of Western Montana. “It’s somewhat common for students to lack knowledge of Native American history. But it’s also not unheard of for students to be unaware of the Holocaust, the systematic killing of about 6 million Jews […continue]

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New York Jewish Week- Shoah Teacher Training Growing Amid Toxic Politics

Two weeks before Yom HaShoah, which occurs next Thursday, a high school teacher in rural Michigan gave a presentation about the Holocaust at a genocide conference at Michigan State University. While a colleague was developing a Holocaust Remembrance Day program for next week, he explained, he was planning a Shoah education program he will co-direct […continue]

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