Honoring Resilience: Learning from the Holocaust and Dakota Exile

Date: July 10 - 16, 2022
Location: St. Cloud, Minnesota

At Oheyawahi, a sacred Dakota site, attempts are made to balance the colonizing narrative with a greater indigenous perspective.

Sponsored by The Olga Lengyel Institute (TOLI), Honoring Resilience: Learning from the Holocaust and Dakota Exile, will explore what can happen when people are dehumanized by a dominating group. Specific examples will 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 anti-Semitism and anti-Indian sentiment and consider connections to contemporary current social justice issues. Day trips will include visits to Mt. Zion Temple (St. Paul) and Bdote/Fort Snelling. Participants will experience best practices and new educational approaches to teaching about the Holocaust and other genocides, with a focus on hope for the future. *Attendees will leave with action plans and resources for implementing Holocaust and genocide education in their classrooms.

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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.

Please contact our Satellite Seminar coordinator, Wendy Zagray Warren, at wwarren@tolinstitute.org for more information.


  • Merry Meltz

    Merry is a literacy methods instructor for the University of Minnesota’s “Grow Your Own Teachers” program. Within this role, she introduces teacher candidates to the need for Holocaust education in elementary through high school classrooms. Merry attended TOLI’s Montana satellite seminar in 2014 and the NYC summer seminar in 2015. The following year, she completed a 2016 University of MN certificate program in Teaching Writing and Critical Literacy, during which her capstone project was the planning of TOLI’s Minnesota satellite seminar. Merry’s future plans include advocating for mandatory Holocaust Education in the state of Minnesota.

  • 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 teaches 10th through 12th grade English at Cathedral High School in St. Cloud, MN.  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 has been teaching high school English for the past fourteen years in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and now 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 as well as the Bearing Witness teacher education programs in Washington DC in 2014 and Israel in 2016.


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

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