Holocaust Escape Tunnel on WQPT

 Sunday, May 20, 7:00 pm
Monday, May 21, 12:00am
Thursday, May 24, 11:00 pm
Friday, May 25, 4:00 pm

Program Description
For centuries, the Lithuanian city of Vilna was one of the most important Jewish centers in the world, earning the title “Jerusalem of the North” until World War II, when the Nazis murdered about 95% of its Jewish population and reduced its synagogues and cultural institutions to ruins. The Soviets finished the job, paving over the remnants of Vilna’s famous Great Synagogue so thoroughly that few today know it ever existed. Now, an international team of archaeologists is trying to rediscover this forgotten world, excavating the remains of its Great Synagogue and searching for proof of one of Vilna’s greatest secrets: a lost escape tunnel dug by Jewish prisoners inside a horrific Nazi execution site.

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The Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities is a proud sponsor of this outstanding program.

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Eva Schloss Visit

Eva Schloss, stepsister of Anne Frank, will be visiting the Danville Station Museum in Danville, Iowa and the Tri-City Jewish Center in Rock Island, IL, in May.

Thursday, May 24
1:00 pm – Speaking for 30-45 minutes to Danville High School and Junior High School students.

6:30 pm – Reception and official opening of the Danville Station Museum, speaking for 30 minutes, followed by book signing.

Friday, May 25
5-:00 PM – Speaking for 30-45 minutes at Tri-City Jewish Center (2715 30th Street, Rock Island), following reception and book signing (before Shabbat officially begins).


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James Still’s Holocaust Play at Augustana

James Still’s Holocaust Play….“And Then They Came For Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank” will be presented by Alpha Psi Omega of Augustana College in partnership with the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities.

Times/Dates: 6:30 pm on Monday, May 7th, and 6:30 pm on Tuesday, May 8th

Location Black Box, Brunner Theatre Center (3750 7th Avenue, Rock Island)

The play is open to the public and free of charge.  

 Synopsis: And Then They Came for Me is a unique theatrical experience: a multimedia play that combines videotaped interviews with Holocaust survivors Ed Silverberg and Eva Schloss with live actors recreating scenes from their lives during World War II. Ed was Anne Frank’s first boyfriend, and she wrote about him in the beginning of her now-famous diary. Eva Schloss was the same age as Anne Frank and lived in the same apartment building in Amsterdam. Her family went into hiding the same day as the Frank family. And like the Frank family, they were betrayed. On Eva’s 15th birthday, her family was arrested by the Nazis and sent to concentration camps. Eva and her mother survived, and after the war her mother married Otto Frank (Anne’s father). Part oral history, part dramatic action, part direct address, part remembrance, the ensemble-driven And Then They Came for Me breaks new ground and has been acclaimed by audiences and critics in world-wide productions. This production is like a historic newsreel brought to life on the stage.

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The Israeli Film Series 2018

The Israeli Film Series 2018 begins Sunday, June 3 at 4:00 pm at the Figge Art Museum Auditorium (225 W. 2nd Street, Davenport, IA).

Sunday, June 3, 4:00pm: The Wedding Plan

Sunday, June 10, 4:00pm:  The Cakemaker

Sunday, June 24, 4:00 pm: A Quiet Heart

All of the films in this series have won multiple awards, and all have adult content.


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Middle East Today: What Does the Future Look Like?” 4-Part Series

Dr. Art Pitz lectures on Middle East Today: What Does the Future Look Like?”, a 4-part series, from 6:30-8:00 PM on Tuesdays (April 30 & May 7, 14, 21).  Free to the public.

April 30 & May 7 – Bettendorf Public Library (2950 Learning Campus Dr, Bettendorf, IA 52722)
May 14 & 21 – Davenport Eastern Public Library (6000 Eastern Ave, Davenport, IA 52807)

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PBS Series: Jewish Americans in WWII

GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II tells the story of the 550,000 Jewish American men and women who fought in World War II. In their own words, veterans both famous (director Mel Brooks, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger) and unknown share their war experiences: how they fought for their nation and people, struggled with anti-Semitism within their ranks, and emerged transformed.
Premiers April 11 at 9 PM (PBS).

Official Website

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2018 Holocaust Essay & Art Contest Winners

1st Place
Oliver I. Klipsch “A Flame of Hope-The Legacy of Dr. Ralph Troll”   7th Grade, Creative Arts Academy, Davenport, Iowa Sponsoring Teacher: Heidi Hernandez  2018 Oliver Klipsch essay
2nd Place
Taylor A. Puglisi  “Elie Wiesel: Surviving the Night and Leaving a Legacy”  10th Grade, Moline High School, Moline, Illinois
3rd Place         
Korina L. Smith “Child of the Holocaust-The Story of Dr. Ralph Troll”  7th Grade, Creative Arts Academy, Davenport, Iowa, Sponsoring Teacher: Elizabeth Weimer
Honorable Mention
Elizabeth C. Karns   “Inside Look on Cary Krell’s Life” 10th Grade, Sherrard High School, Sherrard, Illinois
1st Place
Sophia Dahm – “Wings of Hope” Bettendorf, IA   Pleasant Valley High School grade 11, Nominating teacher Pat Bereskin from Bereskin Art Gallery & Academy

2nd Place
Anna Stivers -“Striped Pajamas” Long Grove, IA, grade 8  Morning Star Academy,  Nominating teacher Pam Rohde

3rd Place
Lauren McIntosh -“Captive” Muscatine, IA, grade 9, Morning Star Academy,  Nominating teacher Pam Rohde
Honorable Mention
Destiny Dixon -“Trapped in Trepidation” Davenport, IA, grade 7  Creative Arts Academy
Jozlynn Ellis -“Judgmental Eyes”  Davenport, IA, grade 8  Creative Arts Academy
Abigail Stivers -“The Look” Long Grove, IA, grade 10    Morning Star Academy
Lauren Wilcox -“A Helping Hand” Moline, IL, grade 12     Quad City Christian School
For both contests – First prize is $500, and the sponsoring teacher will receive a gift card of $100 to support classroom needs. Second prize is $200 and third prize is $100, with their sponsoring teachers each receiving $50 gift cards for classroom needs. Honorable mention students will receive a $25 gift card.   In addition, all students who entered the contests will receive a letter of thanks and a Certificate of Achievement. There were 24 essay entries and 22 visual art entries.
****The winning essay will be read during the annual Yom Hashoah – Holocaust Remembrance Service, which will be held on Sunday, April 15, 2018 – 7:00 PM – at Tri-City Jewish Center, 2715 30th Street Rock Island, Illinois.
****The visual art entries are being displayed now at the Moline Public Library and then will be displayed at the annual Yom Hashoah – Holocaust Remembrance Service, which will be held on Sunday, April 15, 2018 – 7:00 PM – at Tri-City Jewish Center, 2715 30th Street Rock Island, Illinois.
The essay contest is sponsored by the Yom Hashoah Committee and the Holocaust Education Committee of the Quad Cities. The visual art contest is sponsored by the Yom Hashoah Committee and Quad City Arts.
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