Welcome to The Olga Lengyel Institute

  • A student in Mike Madden’s class in Sugar Land, Texas, prepares the Hall of Remembrance to prepare for a community-wide event. [...continue reading]
  • Students in in Boise, Idaho celebrate their accomplishments in the “Story, Humanity, Home” project led by Diane Williams. [...continue reading]
  • Seminar Participant Michelle Sadrena Clark (’13) with President Obama at the USC Shoah Foundation Gala in Los Angeles. [...continue reading]
  • HEN teachers and faculty create portrait boxes on day 1 of the summer seminar. [...continue reading]
  • Irving Roth, Holocaust survivor and Director of the Holocaust Resource Center- Temple Judea, speaks with participant Andrea Kirkpatrick. [...continue reading]
  • Concluding an all-day writing marathon at the Voices of Liberty exhibit at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in lower Manhattan. [...continue reading]
  • Rabbi Greg Wall brings klezmer music to our classroom, Auschwitz survivor Olga Lengyel’s former dining room. [...continue reading]
  • After days of immersion in Holocaust history and testimony, HEN teachers and faculty enjoy an evening in NY harbor aboard Captain Pat’s schooner. [...continue reading]
  • HEN teachers approach the memorial at the entry gate to the Majdanek concentration camp in Lublin, Poland. [...continue reading]
  • Teachers in the 2013 Leadership Institute held at John Jay College, CUNY, receive advanced training before mounting seminars in their home states. [...continue reading]

Contact

For more information about The Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights (TOLI), please contact info@tolinstitute.org

TOLI is located at 58 East 79th Street in Manhattan. (get directions)

The mission of TOLI is to educate students in the United States, Europe, and other parts of the world about human rights and social justice through the lens of the Holocaust and other genocides so that such atrocities may never again take place.

To accomplish its mission, TOLI provides professional development seminars for educators in the US and abroad that link the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides to current world events, thereby working with teachers to promote a human rights and social justice agenda in their classrooms. Read more about TOLI.

Holocaust Educators in Action

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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Japanese Rescuer Sugihara Remembered in Vilnius

From October 27-31 in Vilnius, Lithuania, TOLI conducted an intensive seminar for teachers in a country where over 240,000 Jews were killed during the Holocaust. Joining with local partners, the International Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Occupation Regimes in Lithuania, the Lithuanian Jewish Community, and the Vilna Gaon […continue]

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TOLI Hosts Talented Scholars from Scandinavia and Bulgaria

On a warm Friday afternoon in October, 13 graduate students from Scandinavia and 3 from Bulgaria gathered with TOLI Director Dr. Sondra Perl and Thanks to Scandinavia Executive Director Kelly Ramot to celebrate scholarships they had all received from the latter nonprofit organization (www.thankstoscandinavia.org). The gathering at the Memorial Library was both social and academic giving these scholars a […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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