Hanukkah Movies on WQPT-TV – Dec. 24

In celebration of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah (The Festival of Lights), WQPT-TV in the Quad Cities will be presenting in cooperation with the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities the following movies on December 24:

1. “Hanukkah: A Festival of Delights”  – 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm (60 minutes) 

Explore the evolution of Hanukkah from its origin as a small holiday within Judaism to one of major prominence in assimilated Americans Jewish life. Interviews include actors William Shatner and Lainie Kazan, author Abigail Pogrebin, rabbis, historians, artists, and more sharing historical background and personal memories of a unique holiday that connects generations of Jewish families. 

2.  “Jewish American Soldiers: Stories from WWII”  – 11:00 pm – 12 midnight (60 minutes)

Jewish American Soldiers: Stories from WWII is a documentary focusing on the life stories of Jewish American World War II veterans. The film explores their unique experiences of being Jewish soldiers during a time of extreme Anti-Semitism both abroad, and in America. These men fought on enemy lines for their families, who were persecuted by the Nazis. Without them, many of us would not be here today.

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Nosh and Mingle Luncheon and Program – Dec. 18

Nosh and Mingle Luncheon/Program on Dec. 18 (noon) at Temple Emanuel, 1115 Mississippi Ave., Davenport. Click on flyer for details. RSVP before Dec. 13.

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Author Noah Lederman

Noah Lederman, author of A World Erased: A Grandson’s Search for his Family’s Holocaust Secrets, presented at the Bettendorf Public Library and Moline Public Library fall 2019.  Noah was also a guest on St. Ambrose University’s KALA ROI radio show.

To view podcast: https://soundcloud.com/kalaradio/roi-332

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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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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: 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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Holocaust Essay and Art Contests

  Essay and Art Flyer 2020

Submission deadline is March 1, 2020.
The Shnurman Visual Arts Contest Rules 2020

The Ida S. Kramer “Children and the Holocaust” Essay Contest Entry Form 2020

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


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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