Honoring Resilience: Learning from the Holocaust and Dakota Exile

Date: 2023 Dates TBD
Location: St. Cloud, Minnesota

Photo: Oheyawahi, a sacred Dakota site, attempts to balance the colonizing narrative with a greater indigenous perspective.


Applications for the 2022 Minnesota Satellite Seminar are now closed.

Applications for the 2023 seminar will open in Winter 2022.


Sponsored by The Olga Lengyel Institute (TOLI), Honoring Resilience: Learning from the Holocaust and Dakota Exile explores what can happen when people are dehumanized by a dominating group. Specific examples include the treatment of Jews during the Holocaust and of the Dakota people as a result of Federal Indian Policy. Using inquiry- and writing-based pedagogy, participants will engage with primary source materials and survivor testimonies to examine the roots of antisemitism, and negative attitudes and stereotypes that continue to impact American Indians. Contemporary social justice issues are also explored through the lens of human rights. Day trips will include visits to Mt. Zion Temple (St. Paul) and Bdote and Oheyawahe (Pilot Knob). Participants will experience best practices for teaching about the Holocaust with a focus on human resilience and hope for the future. Attendees will leave with numerous resources and a viable action plan for implementing Holocaust and genocide education in their classrooms and meeting the revised MN social studies standards.

This TOLI seminar is offered at no cost to educators. A valid credit card is required for a good faith deposit of $100. Your credit card will only be charged if you cancel less than 2 weeks before the seminar begins or withdraw without notice.

Click here to view our 2022 flyer.

Thank you to the following sponsors and local partners for the 2022 program:

  • Jewish Community Relations Council, Minnesota & The Dakotas
  • Minnesota Writing Project
  • Mount Zion Temple, Saint Paul
  • St. Cloud State University


Please check this page regularly for updates on the 2023 seminar. 


  • Merry Meltz

    Merry is a Literacy Methods Instructor & Clinical Coordinator for the University of Minnesota’s “Grow Your Own Teachers” program. Within these roles, she introduces teacher candidates to the need for Holocaust and social justice education in elementary through high school classrooms. Merry has attended TOLI’s Montana satellite seminar (2014) and the NYC summer seminar (2015). As part of a 2016 U of MN certificate program in Teaching Writing and Critical Literacy, Merry’s capstone project was the planning of TOLI’s Minnesota satellite. Merry’s future plans include a hopeful collaboration with her MNGOT social studies colleagues to design a course module specifically addressing the revised state standards related to Holocaust and genocide education.

  • Kathy Robinson

    Kathy is currently teaching Holocaust and Genocide Studies at St. Cloud Technical & Community College. She also teaches Global, Social and Environmental Justice at St Cloud State University. Kathy received her Social Responsibility Masters Degree. Before she became an educator, she worked with homeless teens in Minneapolis and Juvenile Felons in a corrections/treatment facility. Kathy attended the Minnesota Satellite Seminar in 2017 and the TOLI Summer Seminar in 2018.

  • Anne McCarney

    Anne McCarney has over 15 years of experience as a high school teacher.  Anne began teaching through the PLACE Corps teacher service program in Los Angeles where she taught at Verbum Dei, a Cristo Rey Network school, and earned her Masters in Secondary Education at Loyola Marymount University. She then taught English for grades 10-12 in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and St. Cloud with a focus on social justice issues and educational equity. To support her work as a Holocaust and social justice educator, Anne completed the TOLI  Summer Seminar in 2018 and TOLI leadership institute in 2019 as well as the Bearing Witness teacher education programs in Washington DC in 2014 and Israel in 2016. Anne is currently a Learning Specialist with the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe’s Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures.


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)