Modern Middle East: Today’s Challenges: Lecture Series by Dr. Art Pitz

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Lipstadt’s new book “Antisemitism: Here and Now”

Deborah E. Lipstadt’s new book Antisemitism: Here and Now: Podcast Link

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Swedish Experiences of WWII and the Holocaust

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The Israeli Film Series 2019

The Israeli Film Series 2019 begins Sunday, June 30 (4:00 pm) at the Figge Art Museum Auditorium (225 W. 2nd St., Davenport). All of the films in this series have won multiple awards, and all have adult content. Tickets available at the door. Adults $7; Seniors (60+) and Military $6; Students Free. For info call (309) 793-1300. For film summaries, go to our Events Page.

Sunday, June 30, 4:00 pm: Golda’s Balcony, The Film (86 minutes – English – Biography – 2019)

Sunday, July 14, 4:00 pm: Shelter (93 minutes – English, German, Hebrew & Arabic with English subtitles – Drama – 2017)

Sunday, July 21, 4:00 pm: Above and Beyond  (90 minutes – English – Documentary, adventure, history, war – 2014)


The Israeli Film Series is part of the Jewish Cultural Series 2019, and is sponsored by: Rauch Family Foundation II, Inc., Wheelan-Pressley Funeral Home, Quad City Bank & Trust, Stanley and Bernice Harris Memorial Endowment Fund, Bernard and Irene Goldstein Memorial, Endowment Fund, Louis and Ida Fox Rich Fund, and Gary and Randi Segal Family.

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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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KALA Radio Program: History of Antisemitism with Dr. Art Pitz

Dr. Art Pitz was interviewed on the radio show R.O.I. on Thursday, March 7, 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.

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:

R.O.I. is produced by KALA, an affiliate of Public Radio International, which is operated by St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa. The show examines important topics and events in history and current events through books, journal article, papers, and presentations. The guest and show co-hosts then discuss the topic with experts and history buffs and ask the question “How is it relevant or irrelevant in today’s world?”

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

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Holocaust Essay and Art Contests

  Flyer Essay and Art Contests

2020 submission deadline is March 1, 2020.
Essay Contest entry form
Art Contest entry form

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


1st Place: Kayla Santiago “Prospecting through Anguish” (The Story of Eva Schloss) – Home School: Florida Virtual School, 10th Grade    Teacher: Shavon Ramos  Prospecting Essay

2nd Place: Taylor Puglisi “Finding Strength in Literature: The Harrowing Story of Dita Kraus” – Moline High School, 11th Grade  Finding Strength Essay

3rd Place:  Mary K. Rolfstad “Hidden Children” (The Story of Edith Schwalb) – John F. Kennedy Catholic School, Davenport, 8th Grade  Hidden Children Essay

Honorable Mention
Maya Baker “Meeting Marguerite” (The Story of Marguerite Mishkin) –
Bettendorf High School, 12th Grade     Teacher: Connie King, English, Bettendorf High School

Laman Hanifayeva “Doris Warschawski: Germany to Shanghai, Then to the Land of Freedom” – Mercer County High School, Aledo, IL, 12th Grade


1st Place: Veronica Macias, “Hands of Holocaust” – 8th Grade, Creative Arts Academy, Davenport , IA       Nominating teacher: Heidi Hernandez
2nd Place: Lamam Hanifayeva, “DON’T” – 12th Grade,  Mercer County High School, Aledo, IL       Nominating teacher: Tara Guidinger

3rd Place: Marley Nees, “Humans Not Numbers” – 8th Grade, Sudlow Intermediate School, Davenport, IA    Nominating teacher:  Heidi Hernandez
Honorable Mention
Kayla Santiago, “Portrait of Auschwitz Children Survivors” – 10th Grade, Home Schooled
Jacqueline Vernon, “Villainy” – 8th Grade, Sudlow Intermediate School, Davenport, IA
Anna Stivers, “The Identity Through Her Eyes” – 9th Grade, Morning Star Academy, Long Grove, IA
Abigail Stivers, “A Second Generation Survivor” – 11th Grade, Morning Star Academy, Long Grove, IA
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