April 2019 Lecture Series by Dr. Art Pitz

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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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The Lloyd M. Burstein Memorial “Holocaust Film Series 2019”

The Lloyd M. Burstein Memorial “Holocaust Film Series 2019,” presented by the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities, begins Sunday, March 10, 2019 (4 PM) at the Figge Art Museum (225 W 2nd St, Davenport, IA).

Sunday, March 10, 2019 (4 PM): Witnesses

Sunday, March 24, 2019 (4 PM): The Last Suit

Sunday, March 31, 2019 (4 PM): Scandal in Ivansk

Sunday, May 12, 2019 (4 PM): Who Will Write Our History

Tickets available at the door. Adults $7; Seniors (60+) and Military $6; Students Free. For information call (309) 793-1300.  All films have adult content and have won many awards. For summaries of each film, go to our Events Page.

Sponsors for this film series: The Joyce and Tony Singh Family Foundation, Rauch Family Foundation II, Inc., Wheelan-Pressley Funeral Homes, Jewel Osco, Stanley and Bernice Harris Memorial Endowment Fund, Bernard and Irene Goldstein Memorial Endowment Fund, Louis & Ida-Fox Rich Fund, and Gary and Randi Segal Family.

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Holocaust Education Week (April 8-12) with Ethan Bensinger

Ethan Bensinger will visit the Quad Cities during Holocaust Education Week. He will speak at the Moline Public Library (3210 41st St, Moline, IL) at 6 PM on April 9, 2019. His presentation, “The Effects of Hitler’s Rise to Power on the Jews in Germany,” will focus on the three motivating factors that Jews faced in Nazi Germany in the 1930s that determined whether they should stay or leave Germany: fear, vilification and necessity. Ethan will then provide concrete examples from his family’s history in Germany, such as financial inability to leave, advanced age or caring for loved ones.

Free and open to the public. This program is sponsored by the Holocaust Education Committee of the Quad Cities, the Rauch Foundation II, the Moline Public Library and the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities. Other school and community venues to be announced.

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

Dr. Art Pitz will be interviewed on the radio show R.O.I. at 5:30 PM on Thursday, March 7, 2019. The topic will be the “History of Antisemitism and American Eugenics Movement.” The show airs 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

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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2019 Holocaust Essay and Art Contest Winners

The 2019 student winners of  the Ida S. Kramer Holocaust Essay Contest and the Shnurman Visual Arts Contest have been announced.


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

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

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

Other Essays Submitted:

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        Nominating teacher: Heidi Hernandez

2nd Place:
Lamam Hanifayeva–  “DON’T”

12th Grade,  Mercer County High School, Aledo, Illinois       Nominating teacher: Tara Guidinger

3rd Place:
Marley Nees -“Humans Not Numbers”
8th Grade, Sudlow Intermediate School, Davenport      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

Anna Stivers-“The Identity Through Her Eyes”
9th Grade, Morning Star Academy, Long Grove, Iowa
Abigail Stivers-“A Second Generation Survivor”
11th Grade, Morning Star Academy, Long Grove, Iowa

Deadline for submissions was Feb. 1. The Quad Cites Yom Hashoah Committee is the sponsor of both contests, with Quad City Arts co-sponsoring the Visual Arts Contest.
Links to the annual Quad City (gr. 7-12 ) student contest guidelines:
Shnurman Visual Arts Contest
Ida S. Kramer Holocaust Essay Contest

For more information, contact the office of the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cites at (309) 793-1300 or aross@jfqc.org.    
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Yom Hashoah, May 2019


Dr. Harold Kasimow, Professor Emeritus of Grinnell College, will be the speaker for the  2019 Yom Hashoah at Temple Emanuel (1115 Mississippi Ave, Davenport) at 6:30 PM on May 5, 2019. Free and open to the public. Photo above of Harold Kasimow’s extended family in Turmantas (circa 1944-1945). For more information, call 309/793-1300.

Presented by Yom Hashoah Committee of the Quad Cities, Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities, Temple Emanuel, Congregation Beth Israel at the Tri-City Jewish Center, Churches United, Augustana College, St. Ambrose University, Black Hawk College and Eastern Iowa Community Colleges.


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