International Programs

With Europe becoming an important part of TOLI’s mission, the number of seminars in 2018 has grown to seven:  Austria, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Poland, Portugal and Romania.

By the end of the year, over 400 teachers will have completed TOLI training since the programs began in Europe in 2015.  These programs are designed to fit within  the context of each country’s Holocaust history and contemporary issues of human rights and social justice.



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!



TOLI has also launched seminars in Bulgaria, entitled Learning about the Past – Acting for the Future: Teaching about the Holocaust and Social Justice, with cooperation from the Bulgarian Ministry of Education, American University in Bulgaria, and the Israel-Bulgaria Institute.

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 third annual seminar in Bulgaria will take place in July 2018.  Read more!



The seminar in Greece was developed by TOLI in partnership with the Jewish Museum of Greece and held under the auspices of the Ministry of Education in Greece. The seminar aims 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.

Participating teachers gain in appreciation for innovative, student-centered teaching methods, including extra-curricular activities and partnerships between school and other institutions and organizations.

The second annual seminar in Greece will be in Athens in November 2018. Read more.



TOLI will join together with CDEC,  The Jewish Foundation for Contemporary Documentation in Italy to hold a teacher training seminar in Asti, Italy, from Sept. 2-6.  Over 35 educators from throughout Italy to participate in the seminar which will focus on the lessons of  fascist laws of pre-Holocaust Italy and dangers of hate speech and extremism today. The seminar will also include visit to transit camps for deporting Jews, testimonies by Holocaust survivors, and visit to Jewish community in Turin, Italy. Read more.



In July 2018, TOLI will organize its first seminar for teachers in Warsaw. The program will be in cooperation with POLIN – The Museum of the History of Polish Jews. The seminar will be conducted at the museum, with a day trip to Majdanek, the Nazi concentration camp in Poland.  Read more.



The first TOLI seminar to take place in Portugal will be held in Lisbon, in October, 2018.  The program will be in cooperation with the Memshoa, the Portuguese Association for Holocaust Remembrance. The program will focus on Holocaust rescue, noting the role of Portugal in WWII enabling Jews to find safe passage to freedom.  Read more.



The Library’s Romania summer seminars, entitled The Holocaust in Romania:  Between History and Perception, take place in partnership with the Elie Wiesel National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania. TOLI representatives and top national and international experts on the Holocaust and Holocaust education join participating educators, who value the way the seminar’s direct approach makes difficult material uniquely accessible and meaningful.

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, saw Holocaust-related films and documentaries, and tour local  synagogues. Read more.


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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.