Romania

Each year, the Olga Lengyel Institute (TOLI) and The Memorial Library work in partnership with the “Eli Wiesel” National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania and the Precept Ministries Association to organize summer seminars 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.

Programming includes lectures by national and international experts on Holocaust education, as well as sessions with Memorial Library board members, who share their personal family stories of survival. Participants also have the chance to interface with Holocaust survivors from Romania and other countries, and to visit the synagogue in Lugoj.

The 2016 summer seminar in Romania brought together 35 high school and middle school teachers from across the country with the goal of increasing the quality of Holocaust and social justice education in schools and communities nationwide. The program provided 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 had the opportunity to network with their peers, sharing their perspectives, experiences, and the challenges they face in teaching about the Holocaust.

The first Romania seminars, organized by TOLI and the Library in 2012 and 2013, exposed school superintendents to cutting-edge teaching methodologies as well as innovative curricular and extracurricular programming.  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.

The 2017 seminar will be held from July 24-27.

 

Program Objectives

 

The primary objectives of the summer seminars in Romania 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.

 

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

 

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

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