Holocaust Films on WQPT-TV in April

In commemoration of Passover and Holocaust Remembrance, WQPT-TV in the Quad Cities will be presenting in cooperation with the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities the following films:

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Friday, April 10, 2020

Friday, April 17, 2020

  • Swimming in Auschwitz (1:30 AM)

  • After Auschwitz (2:30 AM)

  • Stories of Survival: Final Transport, Part 1 (3.30 AM)

          

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KALA Radio Show – Holocaust Topics

R.O.I., produced by KALA and an affiliate of Public Radio International, has interviewed several local scholars on topics relating to the Holocaust. The show examines important events in history as well as current events through books, journal article, papers, and presentations. The guest and show co-hosts then discuss the topic with experts and history buffs who ask the question “How is it relevant or irrelevant in today’s world?”

Dr. Art Pitz was interviewed on the radio show R.O.I. in 2019, on the topic “History of Antisemitism and American Eugenics Movement.” His interview can be found at this link or click on the “play arrow” below.

KALA is operated by St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa. Shows air locally on Friday night on KALA 88.5 FM and 106.1 FM at 9:30 PM. After airing, the full program and web segment will be available as a podcast at: https://soundcloud.com/kalaradio

Other Holocaust-related shows on R.O.I.:

Mark Finkelstein – Holocaust Memorial in Des Moines

Rabbi Henry J Karp – One Human Family Program   

Dr. Stephen Gaies – Pre-WWII German Youth Diaries and Memoirs Exhibit

Author Noah Lederman – A World Erased

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The Lloyd M. Burstein Memorial Holocaust Film Series 2020

The Lloyd M. Burstein Memorial Holocaust Film Series 2020 at the Figge Art Museum (225 W 2nd St, Davenport, IA) will begin Sunday, May 3. The first two films in the series were postponed due to the coronavirus.

Sunday, May 3, 4:00 PM: When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
Sunday, May 10, 4:00 PM: The Invisibles

Tickets available at the door. Adults $7; Seniors (60+) and Military $6; Students Free. For info call (309) 793-1300. These films have adult content and have won many awards.

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Israel Online Book Club

The community is invited to join the online Israel Book Club hosted by Temple Emanuel. It will be held on alternating Thursdays from noon-1:30 PM through Zoom. See flyer below for Thursday dates. The first book was “My Promised Land.”  The second book is “The Israeli Solution” by Glick. Third book to be announced.

   

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2020 Yom Hashoah in the Quad Cities – EVENT POSTPONED

EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19. Yom Hashoah was scheduled for April 19, 2020 (6:30 PM) at the Tri Ciy Jewish Center (2715 30th St, Rock Island, IL).

Holocaust survivor Ida Paluch Kersz will be the 2020 keynote speaker this  year in the Quad Cities.  About Ida: Ida Paluch Kersz was born May 1939, in Sosnowiec, Poland. Soon after the German invasion, Ida, her mother, her twin brother, and her older sister were put into the Sosnowiec ghetto. When she was three years old, her mother committed suicide, while her father was fighting as a Polish solider against the Germans. After the war, Ida’s father found her. In 1957, Ida immigrated with her father to Israel. In 1963, Ida and her family came to Chicago. She has volunteered at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center for over 25 years.  Click on flyer for details: Ida flyer-2

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Holocaust Curriculum Cases for Quad City Teachers

Curriculum cases for teaching about the Holocaust in grades 6-8 are available for free checkout by Quad City area teachers.  These cases were developed by the Curriculum Committee for the Jeff Leibovitz Special Collection of Holocaust Education Materials.
Flyer Curriculum Cases

 

Three curriculum case topics:
Case 1: “You Can Make A Difference: Teaching About the Holocaust”
Case 2: “They Made a Difference: Rescuers and Resisters”
Case 3: “Voices from the Holocaust: Diaries & Memoirs”

Cases 1, 2, and 3 are located at WIU-Quad Cities Library (3300 River Drive, Moline, IL). Call to schedule curriculum case checkout at 309/762-1598. No delivery service. Self pickup required. Website   Case 1 is also available at Mississippi Bend AEA9 (729-21st St., Bettendorf, IA). Call to schedule curriculum case checkout  at 563/359-1371. Iowa schools within the AEA9 district can request AEA9 van delivery to school building.


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2020 Holocaust Essay and Art Contest Winners

THIS YEAR’S 2020 CONTEST WINNERS & PARTICIPANTS
Essay and Art Flyer 2020

THE IDA KRAMER CHILDREN OF THE HOLOCAUST ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS:
1st PlaceTaylor Piglisi  “Dancing to Survive, Forgiving to Live: The Story of Dr. Edith Eva Eger” – 12th Grade, Moline High School, Moline, Illinois   Puglisi Essay
2nd PlaceBrooke Bloom  “Death, Fear, and Sadness” – 8th Grade, St. Joseph Catholic School, DeWitt, Iowa
Sponsoring Teacher:  Demi Franck   Bloom Essay-1
3rd PlaceGarrison Chrones “Remembering the Holocaust” – 8th Grade, St. Joseph Catholic School, DeWitt, Iowa
Sponsoring Teacher:  Demi Franck  Chrones Essay
Honorable Mention
Isabelle Pierce
“When Weiss’ Life Changed” – 8th Grade, St. Joseph Catholic School, DeWitt, Iowa;  Mary Rolfstad  “Schindlerjuden: The Life and Story of Leon Leyson” – 9th Grade, Assumption High School, Davenport, Iowa;  Claire Unke “Renia Spigel: The Holocaust” – 8th Grade, Clinton Middle School, Clinton, Iowa
THE MEYER AND FRANCES SCHNURMAN HOLOCAUST VISUAL ARTS CONTEST WINNERS:
1st Place –  Ella Strader “Look for the Helpers” – 7th Grade, Creative Arts Academy, Davenport, Iowa
Nominating teacher: Heidi Hernandez
2nd PlaceMegan Cornwell “Air That Kills” – 12th Grade,  Rockridge High School, Taylor Ridge, Illinois
Nominating teacher: Kayla Ulfig
3rd PlaceSophia Clifton “Painful Remembrance” – 7th Grade, Geneseo Middle School, Geneseo, Illinois
Nominating teacher:  Logan Hamilton

  

Honorable Mention

Rhett Bliss “Tears from the Prosecuted” – 10th Grade, Mercer County High School, Aledo, Illinois;  Sulymar Morales-Espinosa “The Safety Wall” – 6th Grade, Creative Arts Academy, Davenport, Iowa;  Alexys Scheeper “Free Like a Butterfly” – 9th Grade, Central DeWitt High School, DeWitt, Iowa;  Mwenyemali Djuma “Lost Innocence in a World of Destruction” – 7th Grade, Washington Junior High, Rock Island, Illinois;   Miles Showalter  “Grief” – 9th Grade, Mercer County High School, Aledo, Illinois;   Gael Chenus  “Hope Among Darkness” – 7th Grade, Creative Arts Academy, Davenport, Iowa;   Hope Bauer  “Looking In….Reaching Out” – 11th Grade, Bettendorf, High School, Bettendorf, Iowa;   Benjamin Maas  “The Jewish Star” – 9th Grade, Home Schooled

For both contests – First prize is $500, and if there is a sponsoring/nominating teacher, then he/she will receive a gift card of $100 to support classroom needs. Second prize is $200 and third prize is $100, and if there is a sponsoring/nominating teacher, he/she will receive $50 gift cards for classroom needs. Honorable mention students will receive a $25 gift card.  In addition, all students who entered the contests….whether they won top prizes or not….. will receive a letter of thanks and a gift card for their entry. This year there were 34 essay entries and 24 visual art entries. In addition, there were two “Dance” video entries this year from the Creative Arts Academy.  A big thank you goes to their dance instructor, Bridget Jesson. All dancers will receive a gift card, as well as their instructor.

The  7th Grade Dance Enrichment performed  a dance to the song “Burn”.  The 6 dancers were Trey Gordan, Emma Gullickson, Ashley Laake, Benjamin Jacobsmeier, Kayle Bernauer and Bailey Wright. See the dance at:

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The 8th Grade Dance Enrichment performed a dance to the songs “Welcome to Wonderland” and “Arsonist’s Lullaby.”  The 5 dancers were Mackenzie Besgrove, Laney Chandler, Tatum Roselle, Aidan Sammon and Claire Gillespie.  See the dance at:

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The winning essay would normally have been read during the annual Yom Hashoah – Holocaust Remembrance Service, which was scheduled for Sunday, April 19.  However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the program has been postponed indefinitely.

The visual art entries would normally have been displayed at the Moline Public Library and then at Rutabaga Art Studio in Geneseo, Illinois, as well at the annual Yom Hashoah – Holocaust Remembrance Service.  However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are on a holding pattern to see if the entries will be displayed anywhere or not in the near future.

The Quad Cites Yom Hashoah Committee sponsors both contests, with Quad City Arts co-sponsoring the Visual Arts Contest. For more information, contact the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities (309)793-1300 or aross@jfqc.org

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