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 the newest international program having taken place in 2023 in Spain.

Seminar graduates have the opportunity to apply for impact grants to put in practice what they learn by organizing local projects with their students. Close to 100 impact 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 was published in 2022, describing TOLI’s interdisciplinary approach to teaching about the Holocaust, human rights, and the methodology for collaborative projects.

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.

 

International Conferences

Building on the national seminars organized in various European countries, in 2021 TOLI started organizing international conferences, bringing together teachers from several European countries with the aim of creating 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, to 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.

This year’s international conference will take place in Spain, December 11-14, 2023.

 

PAST SEMINARS

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 came 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 exchanged ideas, approaches, and challenges with their colleagues, and had the opportunity to engage with new teaching methodologies to help their students approach the study of this difficult topic.

TOLI’s eighth annual seminar in Bulgaria took place July 9-13, 2023Read 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 took place March 5-8, 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 fifth Italian seminar took place September 3-7, 2023. Read more

 

Lithuania

TOLI’s fifth seminar in Lithuania, “Learning from the Past, Acting for the Future-Teaching about the Holocaust and Human Rights,” took place in Vilnius on June 19-23, 2023.

The program included 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 June 26-29, 2023, TOLI held its sixth 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 continued with a visit to Auschwitz, followed by a series of lectures and workshops in Krakow. Read more

 

Romania

TOLI’s Steven & Anne Ausnit Romania Seminar, entitled Learning from the Past, Acting for the Future – Teaching about the Holocaust and Human Rights, 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 included lectures and workshops exploring an extensive list of topics, among them antisemitism, Romanian Jewish life, the Holocaust in Northern Transylvania, the Roma genocide, the memory of the Holocaust in the post-Communist era.

Educators also met Holocaust survivors, watched Holocaust-related theatre performances, and toured local sites relevant for Jewish life and history, including the street where Olga and her family lived.

TOLI’s twelfth annual seminar in Romania took place in Cluj-Napoca between July 24-28, 2023.

 

Serbia

TOLI’s fourth seminar in Serbia was organized in partnership with Terraforming. The seminar was held in Novi Sad between August 21-25, 2023.

A group of 35 teachers from across the country had the opportunity to deepen their knowledge about the Holocaust and worked together to find meaningful ways of bringing this important part of history to their students. The seminar addressed local histories, experiences and narratives, as well as presented day human rights violations and discrimination. Read more

 

Spain

TOLI’s first seminar in Spain took place in Valencia between July 3-6, 2023.

The seminar, organized in partnership with Memorial de la Shoah and European Education Institute for a Democratic Culture, brought 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 learned from renowned lecturers and discussed 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.

Austria

In Austria, along with the Bundesrealgymnasium in der Au, TOLI offered a six-day seminar for middle and high school teachers focusing on issues of historical-political education and Holocaust education. This seminar brought 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 were 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 was held at the Bundesrealgymnasium in der Au in Innsbruck in March 2018. Read more!

Portugal

The third Portugal TOLI seminar  was held December 7-11, 2022.  The program was 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

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,” was held November 2022. This seminar contributed to the increasing the quality of education regarding the Holocaust and human rights in Ukraine. The program provided 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

 

Handbook Learning from the Past Acting for the Future

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.