The Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights
 26 Teacher Programs in the US and Europe

Across the US and Europe, over 600 teachers will take part in TOLI seminars this year, each benefiting from a week of professional development in Holocaust education. 

In the US, TOLI regional programs will take place in 14 states, including two new seminars in Baton Rouge, LA, and South Bend, IN. The annual national seminar in New York will take place in June, bringing together Holocaust and human rights educators from across the country. Additionally, we will be participating in a collaborative program with the Holocaust Memorial Resource Center in Orlando, FL. Read more about the US seminars.

In Europe, 10 countries have scheduled TOLI teacher programs with Spain joining the TOLI network this year. In December, there will also be an international conference in Valencia, Spain organized in partnership with Catholic University of Valencia that will host Holocaust educators in Europe. Read more about European seminars.

"As antisemitism, extremism, and disinformation about historical events grow, teachers are recognizing the importance and value of Holocaust and human rights education and are turning to TOLI. The skills they acquire will enable students to understand history and strengthen democratic values in and outside the classroom,” said Deborah Lauter, TOLI’s Executive Director.
US Seminars

South Bend, Indiana
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Salisbury, Maryland
Farmington Hills, Michigan
New York, New York (national program)
Portland, Oregon
European Programs

International Conference, Valencia, Spain
TOLI European Impact Grants Reach 47,000 Students 

Since 2016, TOLI has provided grants to teachers who have participated in our seminars to support their classroom projects. Over 47,000 students in Europe have participated in the programs, nearly 10,000 in eight countries last year. These grants help students learn about the Holocaust, human rights, and the communities where almost all the Jewish population was destroyed by the Nazis and their local collaborators. The grants also encourage creative thinking about diversity, prejudice, and human rights today.

Lithuania: Discover the Cultural Traditions of Jews Who Lived in Your Town 
Balbieriškis Primary School, Lithuania 
The aim of this project was to develop students’ knowledge about the large Jewish community that lived in the town of Balbieriškis before WWII, where all Jews were killed during the Holocaust. Students learned about Jewish traditions and the community's contribution to the town’s economic and cultural life.
Photo: Students visiting the Paneriai Holocaust Memorial outside of Vilnius, Lithuania.
Handbook on Holocaust Education for European Educators

The TOLI European team, with the support of the European Commission, has published a handbook for educators that guides teachers to embrace interdisciplinary approaches to Holocaust and human rights education.

“The interdisciplinary approach that we advance in this handbook combines Holocaust education with human rights and intercultural education, says Oana Nestian-Sandu, TOLI Director of International Programs. “The goal is to guide students to learn about the past and learn how they can contribute to the development of democratic and intercultural societies in which every person can live a life of dignity,” she added.
TOLI Virtual Programs

Save the Date:
February 15: Letters from Anne and Martin. Born the same year on different continents and living in the shadows of prejudice and hate, Anne Frank and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. have inspired millions. This program, presented during Black History Month, will feature actors reading from The Diary of Anne Frank and MLK’s Letter from Birmingham Jail. Co-sponsored with The Anne Frank Center USA, in cooperation with the Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center and the Mark Schonwetter Holocaust Education Foundation.
And, in case you missed our recent programs:

TOLI Executive Director Op-Ed in Education Week

Education Week published an op-ed by Deborah Lauter, TOLI Executive Director, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27. Her essay demonstrated the success of Holocaust education and the impact it has on students.
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We rely on the support of our donors to enable teachers to educate their students about the Holocaust and against hate and intolerance. Your gift to TOLI will make a difference for teachers and students across the US and Europe.