The Olga Lengyel Institute (TOLI) works in partnership with the “Eli Wiesel” National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania and the Precept Ministries Association to organize the Steven & Anne Ausnit Seminar for Romanian educators. Held in the towns of Surduc and Lugoj, the seminars expose participants to innovative teaching methodologies and provide them with a forum for thinking creatively and collaboratively about how they teach the Holocaust and social justice in their schools. Our 2019 seminar was July 29th – August 1st.

The programs in Romania began in 2012 and 2013 with seminars on Holocaust education for school superintendents. These seminars offered participants the opportunity to learn about effective teaching methods and to share their views regarding teaching about the Holocaust. At the heart of the 2014 seminar was a national Holocaust history contest, attended by 85 middle and high school students and their teachers.  The 2015 seminar welcomed 36 researchers, teachers, and doctoral candidates from across Romania.

Following these initial seminars, high school and middle school teachers became the focus of the program. Every year, 35 high school and middle school teachers from across the country are brought together with the goal of increasing the quality of Holocaust and social justice education in schools and communities nationwide. The program provides participating educators with a rich opportunity to integrate national and international pedagogical approaches into their curricula and to impact the way they convey the contemporary relevance of the Holocaust to their students. Participants also have the opportunity to network with their peers, sharing their perspectives, experiences, and the challenges they face in teaching about the Holocaust.

Program Objectives

The primary objectives of the Steven & Anne Ausnit Romania Seminar include:

  • Develop a coherent understanding of the history of the Holocaust in Romania;
  • Discuss methods and approaches for teaching about the Holocaust;
  • Develop teacher understanding of the impact stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination have on the individual, group, and societal levels;
  • Promote positive values for living in a diverse world, such as tolerance, interculturalism, dialogue, and appreciation of the other;
  • Develop teacher understanding of Jewish life before and after the Holocaust;
  • Learn about the Roma genocide during World War II; and
  • Address the link between Human Rights Education and Holocaust Education as a means to better understand the past and act in the future.

Please note that while we encourage teachers from all countries to apply for our European seminars, TOLI will be unable to cover travel expenses for those living outside of the country in which the seminar is held. Please contact Oana Nestian-Sandu with questions at

Thank you to the Ausnit Family for their generous support of the Steven & Anne Ausnit Romania Seminar. 



Holocaust survivor Iancu Tucarman addresses participants at the Summer Seminar in Romania.


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