The Holocaust and the Meaning of Place

Date: 2019 dates coming soon
Location: St Paul, Minnesota

Sponsored by The Olga Lengyel Institute (TOLI), The Holocaust and the Meaning of Place will explore what happens when a child’s safe environment is disrupted by historical trauma, as it was for the Jewish community during the Holocaust and for the Dakota people as a result of Federal Indian Policy. Educators will also have the opportunity to examine the broader topic of “place” and the relationship individuals and groups have to place. Using inquiry-based learning and National Writing Project pedagogy, participants will engage with primary source materials and survivor testimonies, and take several field trips. They will experience new educational approaches to teaching about the Holocaust and other genocides, learning best practices for guiding their students through the study of these difficult topics, while maintaining their faith in the future. Attendees will receive a $100 participation stipend and will leave with ideas they can implement in the school year ahead.

Applications for the 2019 seminar will be available in early November.

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  • Merry Meltz

    Merry is currently a Teacher on Special Assignment for the Saint Paul school district. She became a Holocaust/genocide educator after attending the Montana Satellite Seminar (2014) and the Memorial Library Summer Seminar (2015). Merry completed a 2016 University of MN certificate program in Teaching Writing and Critical Literacy, during which her capstone project was the planning of Minnesota’s TOLI satellite seminar.

  • Wendy Zagray Warren

    Wendy Zagray Warren has been an interdisciplinary educator for over thirty years, working with kindergartners through graduate students. For the past seven years, she has co-facilitated the Montana regional seminar “Worlds Apart But Not Strangers: Holocaust Education and Indian Education for All” with Brenda Johnston, Marcia Beaumont. As a writer and educator for social justice, she has published articles and book chapters and is currently working on a book. She holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership and currently serves as TOLI’s regional seminar coordinator and as director of the Forest Outreach Center at Berea College. This dual focus on human diversity and biodiversity is a continual reminder that the world operate as an interconnected whole.


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

TOLI is located at 58 East 79th Street in Manhattan. (get directions)