Category Archives: TOLI Highlights


TOLI  TEACHERS’ PROGRAM IN JACKSON, MS. June 14, 2018 How can the experiences of African Americans who lived under Jim Crow Laws shed light on the segregation Jews in Europe faced under German anti-Jewish laws? That is what 23 educators considered during a groundbreaking 3-day seminar that took place last week in and around Jackson, […continue]

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TOLI Seminars in 2018: 13 US Cities, 7 European Countries, Bringing Lessons of Holocaust to Classroom and Communities

Over 500 teachers will attend professional development seminars in the US and Europe during the next four months, learning about the Holocaust, bringing its lessons to their classrooms and communities to confront rising intolerance and extremism.  The seminars, 20 altogether, range from Billings, Montana to Warsaw, Poland. They are sponsored and organized by the Olga […continue]

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Why Genocide Education? To Be ‘An Upstander And Not A Bystander’

We are pleased and proud to share this article about Corey Harbaugh, TOLI alumnus and co-leader of our Michigan seminar. Corey makes a powerful argument for genocide education in our schools. This article originally appeared in WMUK. WSW: Why Genocide Education? To Be ‘An Upstander And Not A Bystander,’ Expert Says By EARLENE MCMICHAEL • MAY 24, 2018 […continue]

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Donna Amelkin, TOLI Alumna and Parkland, FL. Teacher: Coping With Tragedy and Facing New Challenges After School Shooting

When news broke in February that a shooting took place at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, we quickly became aware that a 2017 New York TOLI Seminar alumna was in the school during the tragedy. Donna Amelkin, a teacher of 25 years with a Masters degree in Social Work and Family Therapy, created […continue]

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TOLI 2018 Transnational Seminar in Austria

In mid-March of 2018, 12 TOLI teachers traveled from various parts of the United States to attend TOLI’s second transnational seminar, “Being in Dialogue: Social Engagement through Holocaust Awareness.” The seminar took place at the Bundesrealgymnasium in der Au, a new and innovative high school located in the heart of Innsbruck, nestled within the towering […continue]

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At the Olga Lengyel Institute (TOLI), Rep. Carolyn Maloney announced the Never Again Education Act, which she introduced to Congress. The bill would enable funding for Holocaust education programs around the country. Press release by the Office of Representative Carolyn B. Maloney. During Holocaust Remembrance Week, Rep. Maloney Announces Bipartisan Legislation on Holocaust Education NEW […continue]

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OP-ED. As Holocaust Denial Becomes More Mainstream, ‘Never Again’ Must Begin In The Classroom

Holocaust denial has gone from the margins to the mainstream, write TOLI leaders David Field and Mark Berez in this Op-ed.  Education is the most effective response. This article originally appeared in Jewish Week of New York. As Holocaust Denial Becomes More Mainstream, ‘Never Again’ Must Begin In The Classroom Holocaust denial, an insidious form of […continue]

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Summer Satellite Seminars the Largest Number in TOLI’s History

In 2017, TOLI ran 11 satellite seminars in communities across the country, the largest number in its history. The summer 2017 schedule, which included five new locations, reflected TOLI’s ongoing effort to expand its nationwide network of Holocaust and social justice educators. TOLI launched new seminars in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Oregon, New Jersey, and Charlotte, North […continue]

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Teaching the Holocaust in Greece

In a country where the Jewish community was almost wiped out, extremism is on the rise, and anti-Semitism polls the highest in Europe, a seminar in Athens brings a timely and new approach to Holocaust education. For 35 secondary school teachers in Greece, summer holidays found them doing something quite different: taking almost a week […continue]

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TOLI’s First-Ever Leadership Conference Connects and Inspires Holocaust Educators

When the TOLI board decided to go ahead with its first-ever Leadership Conference for Holocaust Educators, it saw a unique opportunity to invest in its alumni. For starters, it wanted to strengthen the support network of Holocaust educators who attended the New York City Summer Seminar over the past decade. But it also wanted to […continue]

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