Category Archives: TOLI News

Bringing Art into the Classroom: Stefani Sobol-Pastor

For Stefani Sobol-Pastor, being an educator runs in the family—her four siblings and mother all work in the field. So it’s no surprise that around the age of twenty, the path to teaching, as she puts it, “found her.” Today, she uses her degrees in Theology and Philosophy to teach 11th and 12th graders at Seton-LaSalle High […continue]

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TOLI & Yad Vashem Present Webinar for TOLI Teachers

  We are so pleased to announce the webinar series, Women in the Holocaust, that has been created by educators at Yad Vashem and is being run exclusively for teachers in our network. On Sunday March 3, 2019, 45 teachers across the US as well as those living in Austria, Romania and South America, participated […continue]

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CNN Features TOLI Op-Ed On Importance Of Holocaust Education

We are pleased to share with you this op-ed written by Harry D. Wall, a member of TOLI’s Board of Directors, which appeared on for International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27th. Ignorance about the Holocaust is growing By Harry D. Wall Updated 2311 GMT (0711 HKT) January 27, 2019 (CNN)- Ignorance about the Holocaust is […continue]

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US and Israel Ambassadors to Greece among notables at Athens program in November, addressed issue of hate crimes in Europe and Pittsburgh synagogue attacks   The second annual TOLI seminar in Greece took place in Athens, Nov.3-7, taking place days after the Pittsburgh synagogue attacks, focused on rising anti-Semitism and violent extremism in the US […continue]

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30 Italian  teachers came to Asti in Piedmont to learn about Holocaust education, a joint  program between TOLI and Fondazione CDEC   Piedmont, the stunningly beautiful region of northern Italy, known for its truffles, wine, and hazelnuts would seem to be an unusual venue for a seminar on the Holocaust.  Yet over 30 high school […continue]

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Teaching the Holocaust in Portugal can provide a different perspective than that of most European countries. For one thing, historic anti-Semitism in Portugal resulted in the expulsion of Jews during the Inquisition. On the other, Portugal was neutral during World War II, allowing tens of thousands of Jews to escape from the Nazi genocide. Both […continue]

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Holocaust Education Seminar in Michigan Teachers Hear from Survivors, Visit Armenian Center

This July in Farmington Hills, Michigan, 16 educators gathered and bring the Holocaust back to the forefront of education during a week-long intensive seminar. Now in its seventh year, the seminar is one of many taking place across the country this summer, organized and sponsored by the Olga Lengyel Institute (TOLI). Teachers from across Michigan […continue]

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Montana Seminar Returns to Billings, Spotlight on the Crow and Northern Cheyenne Tribes

What lessons can be drawn from learning about the Holocaust and Native American experience? That is what 35 educators considered during a week-long seminar that began on June 10 in Billings, Montana. Worlds Apart But Not Strangers is the title of the program, sponsored by The Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights […continue]

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TOLI US Program Director, Sondra Perl: Overcoming Cultural Barriers through Writing

Sondra Perl, Director of TOLI US Programs, second from right, at a TOLI seminar in Wisconsin. Sondra Perl, Director of the Olga Lengyel Institute and academic architect of the TOLI seminars, traces her interest in Holocaust studies back to the summer of 1996, when she was teaching a graduate course for teachers in Austria. It […continue]

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13th Annual NYC Seminar Brings Teachers From Across The United States

TOLI held its thirteenth annual summer seminar in NYC from June 16 – 28, with participants including 23 middle school, high school, and college faculty members from across the United States and one from Greece. This year was especially notable in that with the participation of teachers from North Dakota, Vermont, and Hawaii, TOLI has […continue]

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