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

Educator program explores effects of Holocaust, racial injustice

By John Battiston Last week, Loudoun County Public Schools partnered with The Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Education (TOLI) to conduct a seminar exploring the Holocaust and Virginia’s history of racial injustice. Seventeen educators from Virginia and Maryland participated in the weeklong program, which was organized by Nicole Korsen and Jennifer Rodgers, teachers at Sterling’s […continue]

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TOLI Statement on the surge of anti-Semitism

The recent fighting between Israel and Hamas has been accompanied by a shocking surge of anti-Semitism in the US and abroad. Jews have been physically attacked in streets and public places across the US and in Europe.  A wave of anti-Jewish hate has proliferated in social media. We deplore these attacks and urge civic and religious […continue]

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TOLI Statement on the Anti-Asian Hate Crime Bill

We welcome the passage of the anti-Asian hate crimes legislation by the House yesterday. It is a strong bipartisan demonstration that Congress and the American people stand united against the proliferation of attacks against Asian Americans, much of it resulting from vile conspiracy theories during the pandemic. The bill, which follows a similar measure that […continue]

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“Remembering Olga Lengyel and Five Chimneys

Is it possible that a Holocaust memoir could be written too early? That was a question hovering  over a panel on April 6, commemorating Olga Lengyel, author of the 1946 memoir Five Chimneys: A Woman Survivor’s True Story of Auschwitz. The book, one of the first published accounts of Auschwitz, did not receive much recognition […continue]

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Jews in Romania, once home to one of Europe’s largest Jewish communities, suffered deeply during the Holocaust. Nearly 400,000 Jews were killed in Romania or territories it controlled as an ally of Nazi Germany, with only 10,000 or so living in the country today. Yet young Romanians know very little about the Holocaust, or Jewish […continue]

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