Brundibár Opera

The Brundibár opera is coming to Augustana College in November. Performances will be November 16 at 7:30 p.m., and November 17 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased on Augustana’s website.

The Augustana Chamber Orchestra joins Opera@Augustana and the Jenny Lind Vocal Ensemble in a performance of “Brundibár,” a children’s opera by Jewish Czech composer Hans Krása.

“Brundibár” was written in 1938 but was not performed until 1942 when it premiered at the Vinohrady Jewish Boy’s Orphanage in the Prague ghetto.

Krása had already been sent to the Terezín concentration camp where he was the musical director of the Freizeitgestaltung, a group of prisoners tasked with organizing cultural activities for the camp.

When the conductor of the original Prague production was sent to Terezín himself, he smuggled in a piano score to “Brundibár.” From this and his own memory, Krása reconstructed the opera, taking into account the performing forces available to him in the camp.

Beginning with a performance on July 23, 1943, “Brundibár” was performed 55 times in the Terezín camp over the course of the next year and a performance was central to an International Red Cross visit to the camp in June 1944, during which the visiting delegation was deceptively shown a healthy and happy Jewish population.

As the war was nearing its close, Krása was taken on a transport that left Terezín on Oct. 16, 1944, and he was killed in a gas chamber at Auschwitz two days later.

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2018 Holocaust Essay & Art Contest Winners

IDA KRAMER CHILDREN OF THE HOLOCAUST ESSAY 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
    
MEYER AND FRANCES SCHNURMAN HOLOCAUST VISUAL ARTS CONTEST WINNERS:
 
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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2018 Rauch Foundation Educator Scholarship

Date: April 1 & Oct. 1 (bi-annual deadline)
Event: Rauch Foundation Teacher Scholarship for Professional Development in Holocaust Education
Application: Rauch Foundation Scholarship(1)

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Holocaust Education Committee of the Quad Cities

2013-11-05_19-56-52_857 Welcome to the website for the Holocaust Education Committee of the Quad Cities. The website pages include a painting of apple blossoms by actress Judy Winnick. It represents the apple tree where Irena Sendler buried jars filled with names of Jewish children rescued from the Warsaw Ghetto.

Judy Winnick visited the Quad Cities in September, 2013 and performed a monologue based on the life of Irena Sendler at area schools and public libraries. She was the keynote speaker at the 2013 Holocaust Institute of the Quad Cities. Judy Winnick returned as keynote speaker at the 2015 Holocaust Institute of the Quad Cities portraying Miep Gies. Judy returned to the Quad Cities on October 26, 2017 to portray the life of Alice Herz-Sommer at the 14th Holocaust Institute of the Quad Cities.

Show poster for Judy Winnick's portrayal of Irena Sendler.    

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