Category Archives: TOLI in the News

Times Of Israel – As Holocaust Awareness Declines in US, Youth Make Art to Preserve Fading History

NY’s Olga Lengyel Institute reacts to disturbing new research about lack of once common Holocaust facts, highlighting its new ‘How High School Students See the Holocaust’ exhibit By MATT LEBOVIC  September 22, 2020 As The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany released disturbing new research about the state of Holocaust memory this week, the New […continue]

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“Stamped” Antiracist Reading Group, Mississippi—Tracei Willis, Wendy Zagray Warren

The Mississippi Satellite opened an invitation to educators who signed up for an intensive weeklong reading, reflecting, and discussing Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi. Our group comprised 16 participants from New York, Massachusetts, Texas, Alabama, and of course, Mississippi. Our first virtual meeting on Sunday, June 14, 2020, […continue]

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CNN- The Portuguese diplomat who saved thousands of people and lost everything except his good name

Op-ed in CNN about Portuguese Holocaust hero Sousa Mendes by TOLI board members, Arthur Berger and Harry D. Wall. “Sousa Mendes’ actions carry an important lesson for today. In a world where racism is all too common and cruel anti-immigration policies are in force against refugees, the actions of an individual — willing to risk […continue]

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Newsday- UN to mark 75th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation

“We believe that education is the most important thing to prevent these types of holocausts in the future,” said Mark Berez of Dix Hills, who serves as president of The Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights in Manhattan, referring to mass slaughters in places such as Sudan and Syria, which occurred since […continue]

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New York Jewish Week- ‘Never Again’ Begins in the Classroom

This Monday marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. The timing of this important event coincides with an unprecedented escalation of anti-Semitism. From Pittsburgh to Paris, the killing of Jews in their synagogues and homes, within living memory of the Holocaust, is a horrific encounter with history. The response to anti-Semitism can and should […continue]

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Washington Jewish Week- Teachers Confront the Past in Lithuania and Ukraine

I recently visited Lithuania and Ukraine to take part in Holocaust education programs for local teachers, organized by the Olga Lengyel Institute for  Holocaust Studies and Human Rights (TOLI) in partnership with the International Commission for the Evaluation of Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Occupation Regimes in Lithuania and the Vilna Gaon State Jewish […continue]

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Jewish Telegraphic Agency- Lithuania’s Holocaust record is an ‘open wound,’ Israeli envoy tells history teachers in Vilnius

    Lithuania’s Holocaust record is an ‘open wound,’ Israeli envoy tells history teachers in Vilnius OCTOBER 29, 2019 8:05 AM (JTA) — Israel’s ambassador to Lithuania said the European nation’s Holocaust-era history is “an open wound” and called on local patriots to teach history “honestly” because “people have to know what happened here.” Yosef Levy’s […continue]

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“Sondra Perl, director of U.S. programs for the Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights in New York City, said most programs on the Holocaust, including her organization’s, stick strictly to historical fact so as ‘not to give fuel to deniers.’”

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Great Falls Tribune- Teachers In Billings Learn From History’s Tragedies

BILLINGS — As an educator, Lacy Watson has invested in not just learning about, but learning from the worst of history. She once attended a special Holocaust training program that included a trip to Europe, visiting sites of death camps. Watson, a West High teacher who grew up in Fort Benton, believes that understanding the […continue]

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MassLive- Teacher Seminar to Focus on Holocaust Lessons for Today

AMHERST – Teachers from across New England will attend a professional development seminar on the Holocaust July 15 through 20 at the University of Massachusetts. Some six million Jews and others were murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators who considered them inferior and the seminar will look at what lessons can be learned from these crimes […continue]

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