Category Archives: TOLI News


The Olga Lengyel Institute conducted its first annual seminar for teachers in Poland, July 3-8, learning about the Holocaust and drawing upon its lessons to confront contemporary anti-Semitism, racism and abuse of human rights.  The seminar took place at the Museum of the History of Polish Jews (POLIN), a partner in the program, and included […continue]

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TOLI Sacramento Seminar, Lens on Asian Americans: Japanese-American Internment, Laos Refugees

TOLI Seminar in Sacramento Lens on Asian American Experience: Japanese-American Internment of WWII and Mien Refugees of Laos June 22, 2018 How have the experiences of Japanese-American and Mien refugees in the 20th century impacted the history and culture of the West Coast and the United States? How can their experiences be shared within a […continue]

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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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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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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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TOLI Programs Grow in Europe

With seminars last summer in Greece, Romania and Bulgaria, TOLI is fast becoming a major resource in Europe for Holocaust education.  Along with Austria, which will host a second seminar, TOLI programs will expand in 2018 to Portugal, Poland and Hungary. “Europe is a priority for our work and we are gratified by the partnerships […continue]

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