International Programs

With Europe becoming an important part of TOLI’s mission, the number of seminars in 2019 has grown to nine: Austria, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, and Ukraine.

Over 600 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.



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!



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 fifth annual seminar in Bulgaria took place in July 2019.  Read more!



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. Read more.



This seminar was developed by TOLI in partnership 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. Read more.



The Seminar “Learning from the Past, Acting for the Future-Teaching about the Holocaust and Human Rights” is a 4 ½ day seminar conducted in Vilnius, Lithuania from October 27- 31 2019. 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



In June 2019, TOLI held its second 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.



The second TOLI seminar to take place in Portugal will be held in Porto, in February, 2020.  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.



TOLI’s Romania summer seminars, entitled The Holocaust in Romania: Between History and Memory, is 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, watch Holocaust-related films and documentaries, and tour local synagogues. Read more.



TOLI’s Fall 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 from November 1-5, 2019.  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.



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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.