International Programs

Over 1,000 teachers have completed TOLI training since the programs began in Europe in 2012. These programs are designed to fit within the context of each country’s Holocaust history and contemporary issues of human rights and social justice. TOLI has continued to grow throughout Europe, with two new international programs set to take place in 2022 – Spain and Mexico, besides the 10 countries in which we are already active.

Seminar graduates have the opportunity to apply for mini-grants to put in practice what they learn by organizing local projects with their students. Close to 100 mini-grant projects were carried out last year in Europe. In 2021, European teachers were encouraged to engage in collaborative projects with other TOLI teachers from their home country or other European countries. These projects give students from different towns and countries the opportunity to interact and learn about the Holocaust and human rights through a peer learning approach, as well as expand their horizons and learn about the history of Jewish communities throughout Europe. A booklet with examples of local and international projects will be published in 2022, describing TOLI’s interdisciplinary approach to teaching about the Holocaust, human rights, and the methodology for collaborative projects.

Following a year of virtual programming, seven national seminars – Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Italy, Lithuania, Serbia, and Ukraine – returned in-person in 2021.

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 onestian@tolinstitute.org.

 

Bulgaria

Our seminars in Bulgaria, entitled Learning about the Past – Acting for the Future: Teaching about the Holocaust and Social Justice, are organized in cooperation with from American University in Bulgaria.

High school and middle school teachers come from all over the country to hear from internationally renowned lecturers, interact with survivors, and think creatively and collaboratively about how to teach the Holocaust and issues of social justice in their schools. They exchange ideas, approaches, and challenges with their colleagues, and have the opportunity to engage with new teaching methodologies to help their students approach the study of this difficult topic.

TOLI’S seventh annual seminar in Bulgaria will take place July 10-14, 2022Read more

 

Greece

The seminars in Greece are developed by TOLI in partnership with the Jewish Museum of Greece and held under the auspices of the Ministry of Education in Greece. The seminars aim to contribute to increasing the quality of education regarding the Holocaust and social justice in Greece and program provides educators with the opportunity to consider a range of national and international approaches to these topics.

During the inaugural seminar in Athens, which took place in July 2017, 39 teachers had the opportunity to learn from internationally renowned lecturers, to interact with survivors and to think creatively and collaboratively about how to teach the Holocaust and social justice. Participating teachers gain in appreciation for innovative, student-centered teaching methods, including extra-curricular activities and partnerships between school and other institutions and organizations. TOLI’s fourth seminar in Greece will take place in March 2023. Read more

 

Italy

TOLI’s seminars in Italy are organized in partnership with CDEC Foundation and MIUR (Italian Ministry of Education). High school teachers of humanities from across Italy, are trained on both the study of the anti-Semitic fascist segregation (persecution, discrimination) and the causes and effects of today’s hate speech in Italy, providing them with suitable tools for working with students. TOLI’s fourth Italian seminar will be held August 22-26, 2022. Read more

 

Lithuania

TOLI’s fourth seminar in Lithuania,  “Learning from the Past, Acting for the Future-Teaching about the Holocaust and Human Rights” will take place in Vilnius on June 27-July 1, 2022. The program includes a deep dive into the history of Lithuania and European involvement in the Holocaust, a guided tour of the Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum, The Tolerance Education Center, Survivor Testimony, a walking tour of the Vilna Ghetto, The Synagogue, and a Kosher Dinner to understand about Jewish Culture and what was lost in the Holocaust. Read more

 

Poland

On July 5-9, 2022, TOLI will hold its fifth seminar for teachers in Warsaw and Krakow, in cooperation with POLIN – The Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Starting at the museum, the seminar continues with a visit to Auschwitz, followed by a series of lectures and workshops in Krakow.  Read more

 

Portugal

The third TOLI seminar to take place in Portugal will be held December 7-11, 2022.  The program is in cooperation with the Memoshoa, the Portuguese Association for Holocaust Remembrance, focusing on Holocaust rescue, noting the role of Portugal in WWII enabling Jews to find safe passage to freedom.  Read more

 

Romania

TOLI’s Steven & Anne Ausnit Romania Seminar, entitled The Holocaust in Romania: Between History and Memory, is organized in partnership with the Elie Wiesel National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania and the Intercultural Institute of Timisoara. The seminar agenda includes lectures and workshops exploring an extensive list of topics, among them anti-Semitism, Romanian Jewish life, the memory of the Holocaust in the post-Communist era, the use of primary sources in learning about the Holocaust, and Holocaust denial. Educators also meet Holocaust survivors, watch Holocaust-related films and documentaries, and tour local synagogues. TOLI’s eleventh annual seminar in Romania will take place in Cluj on July 19-23, 2022. Read more

 

Serbia

TOLI’s second seminar in Serbia will be organized in partnership with Terraforming. The seminar will take place in Novi Sad on August 22-26, 2022. A group of 35 teachers from across the country will have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge about the Holocaust and to work together to find meaningful ways of bringing this important part of history to their students. The seminar will also address local histories, experiences and narratives, as well as present day human rights violations and discrimination. Read more

 

Spain

TOLI’s first seminar in Spain will take place in Valencia on June 3-6, 2023. The seminar, organized in partnership with Memorial de la Shoah and European Education Institute for a Democratic Culture, will bring together 35 teachers from across the country to learn about the Holocaust, the Jewish heritage in Spain and about present day antisemitism and other forms of hatred and discrimination. Teachers will learn from renowned lecturers and discuss pedagogical aspects of teaching the Holocaust, as well meaningful ways to engage in international partnerships to address the Holocaust and human rights.
More information to come.

 

Ukraine

TOLI’s fourth Ukrainian seminar, in partnership with Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies,  entitled “Learning from the Past, Acting for the Future-Teaching about the Holocaust and Human Rights”  will be held November 2022.  This seminar contributes to the increasing the quality of education regarding the Holocaust and human rights in Ukraine. The program provides a rich opportunity to integrate national and international approaches in teaching about these topics and in understanding the contemporary relevance of this important part of modern history. Read more

 

International Conferences

Building on the national seminars organized in various European countries, in 2021 TOLI will start organizing international conferences, bringing together teachers from several European countries with the aim to create a platform for learning and for sharing experiences, teaching practices, challenges faced and ways to overcome them. The International Conferences will offer teachers opportunities to gain a broader and more accurate understanding of the Holocaust, learn about Jewish communities in different countries before and after the war, as well as to challenge nationalistic discourses and teaching practices. At the same time, they will engage teachers in processes of reflection and action on present-day human rights violations. In every country there are marginalized communities, there is unfair legislation, but also integration practices and intercultural policies. These conferences will help teachers expand their knowledge, interests and understanding of the European context (in the past and in the present), in order to engage their students in meaningful learning processes.

The second International Conference will take place in Timisoara, Romania from May 6-9, 2022, bringing together 32 teachers from various European countries.

The first International Conference was held in Warsaw, Poland in April 4-6 2022, which brought together 25 teachers from five European countries.

 

PAST SEMINARS

 

Austria

In Austria, along with the Bundesrealgymnasium in der Au TOLI offers a six-day seminar for teachers of middle and high schools focusing on issues of historical-political education and Holocaust education. This seminar brings together teachers from Austria and the United States to explore each others’ narratives about the history of National Socialism and the Holocaust, to exchange approaches and methods derived from their classrooms, and to discuss current challenges in education in both countries.

Participants are encouraged to work in curriculum groups to create teaching units reflecting current issues of Holocaust education collaboratively and to engage in discussions about the question of transnational normative values.The seminar is held at the Bundesrealgymnasium in der Au in Innsbruck.

In March 2018, TOLI conducted a 6-day seminar for 26 American and Austrian teachers.  Read more!

Contact

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)

Our Journey to Poland and Israel

In the spring of 2012, the Board of TOLI took the TOLI directors and 18 teachers on a journey to Poland and Israel. They were accompanied by a survivor and an Israeli historian. Listen to their thoughts as they move through this landscape of shadows and light.

Seminar in Bulgaria

Watch a video featuring highlights from TOLI's seminar in Bulgaria.