TOLI provides professional development seminars for educators in the US and abroad that link the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides to current world events, working with teachers to promote a human rights and social justice agenda in their classrooms.
The Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights
TOLI Returns to Full Schedule in 2021
22 teacher seminars in US and Europe
Twenty-two seminars for teachers are scheduled to get underway beginning in June: fourteen in the US and the remainder in eight European countries. Professional development programs will be a mix of in-person and virtual, depending on the local public health guidelines. Our flagship New York Seminar will be conducted online June 18-21. “We are delighted to resume a full schedule of activities,“ said TOLI Chairman David Field. “While the pandemic caused us to shift many programs online, it also brought an escalation in extremism and racism. Our work is more important than ever."

For dates, format, and the specific focus of each program for 2021:
TOLI Alumna Named "Teacher of the Year"
Congratulations to Toshimi Abe-Janiga, who was recently recognized with the Palm Beach County Teacher of the Year Award. Toshimi participated in the TOLI summer seminar in New York City in 2014 and the national TOLI leadership conference in Detroit in 2017, and she took part in the seminar in Vilnius, Lithuania in 2019. Joining TOLI’s network enabled Toshimi to connect with a community of like minded educators to whom she could reach out for support. As she observes: “…with the TOLI network, I can simply ask a question without hesitation to the other teachers, and they are so nice to share their experience: ‘this works, this doesn’t, or we should try this.’”

To read about Toshimi and other TOLI teachers click link below.
Over 100 Mini-Grants for Teacher/Student Projects in Europe

Teachers who participate in TOLI seminars have the opportunity to apply for mini-grants in order to implement meaningful projects with their students on the topic of the Holocaust and human rights. 

The $300 grant can be used for travel, cultural and media programs, research, and more. Last year, 106 mini-grants were awarded in schools throughout Europe. 

One such grant was received by teacher Violeta Dragut, who teaches at the Technological High School in Costesti, Romania, for her students to do an in-depth field research on the Holocaust in their region.
 Honoring Olga Lengyel’s Legacy
TOLI and the Museum of Jewish Heritage (MJH) of NYC held a joint Zoom panel on April 6 to mark 20 years since the passing of Olga Lengyel and to honor her memoir, Five Chimneys: A Woman Survivor’s True Story of Auschwitz. Over 1000 people registered for this program with panelists: David Field, TOLI Chairman, who spoke about Olga’s belief in teaching the Holocaust to help prevent future atrocities; Nancy Fisher, a trustee at the MJH who conducted Lengyel’s USC Shoah Foundation interview in 1998; Robert Jan van Pelt, Chief Curator of the acclaimed exhibit Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away; and Dr. Sara Horowitz, scholar and expert on women’s experience in the Holocaust. The panel noted how Five Chimneys, originally published in 1947, offered early insight into the Holocaust and women’s experience at Auschwitz.
To read the full summation:
The Columbia Holocaust Education Commission recently published an article by Dr. Jennifer Lemberg, Associate Director of U.S. Programs at TOLI. Jennifer’s article, “Olga
Lengyel: A Continuing Legacy," was part of a special supplement published annually by the Commission and featured in newspapers across South Carolina. The theme of the 2021 supplement was Women of the Holocaust, and the issue reached close to 2 million households across the state. The full issue can be accessed here.
Virtual Events

Earlier this year, TOLI launched a series of webinars, open to the public, featuring prominent scholars, writers, and human rights activists. These panels, introduced by TOLI board members, focused on historical and contemporary issues of concern to democratic societies. In addition, this spring TOLI offered virtual programs on the theme of resilience created exclusively for the teachers in its network. The series included two conversations with Holocaust survivors, Gisela Cycowicz and Assia Raberman, and a workshop with the Jewish Partisans Educational Foundation. On May 2, TOLI also held a memorial service in honor of Auschwitz survivor Irving Roth who spoke at TOLI seminars every year starting in 2006. 

To view the most recent program, "Justice Denied: How Nazi War Criminals Escaped Punishment" along with other recordings, click the button below.

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