Category Archives: TOLI News

“Stamped” Antiracist Reading Group, Mississippi—Tracei Willis, Wendy Zagray Warren

The Mississippi Satellite opened an invitation to educators who signed up for an intensive weeklong reading, reflecting, and discussing Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi. Our group comprised 16 participants from New York, Massachusetts, Texas, Alabama, and of course, Mississippi. Our first virtual meeting on Sunday, June 14, 2020, […continue]

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CNN- The Portuguese diplomat who saved thousands of people and lost everything except his good name

Op-ed in CNN about Portuguese Holocaust hero Sousa Mendes by TOLI board members, Arthur Berger and Harry D. Wall. “Sousa Mendes’ actions carry an important lesson for today. In a world where racism is all too common and cruel anti-immigration policies are in force against refugees, the actions of an individual — willing to risk […continue]

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TOLI welcomes the passage of the Never Again Education Act, signed into law on May 28, which provides $10 million of funding for Holocaust education in the US. The money will be administered over five years by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. “As memory of the Holocaust is in decline and anti-Semitism and extremism are […continue]

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TOLI European Program 2020

A total of nine seminars for teachers were planned to take place in Europe in 2020, one in each of the following countries: Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Ukraine. Of these, only the seminar in Portugal was organized face to face at the end of February 2020, for a group of […continue]

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TOLI’s Calendar of Virtual Events for 2020

In an effort to stay connected during this uncertain and difficult time, TOLI has scheduled a calendar of virtual events for all of the educators who have attended TOLI seminars, either in New York City or across the country.  In April, TOLI opened its virtual learning community by commemorating Yom HaShoah with an event featuring […continue]

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   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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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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In Memory of Steve Ausnit, TOLI Board Member

The Board of Directors of The Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights (TOLI) mourns the loss of Steve Ausnit, 95, one of its founding directors. He passed away on November 8 in New York. “Steve was truly a great man and one of the major forces behind the growth and success of […continue]

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Kyiv, Ukraine

Over 30 teachers from throughout Ukraine gathered in Kyiv (Kiev) from November 1-5 for a TOLI seminar on teaching the Holocaust and applying its lessons to today’s world. The seminar was organized in partnership with the Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies (UCHS) and the Jewish Community of Ukraine.   “Convening this program in a country […continue]

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