The Lloyd M. Burstein Memorial Holocaust Film Series 2021

The Lloyd M. Burstein Memorial Holocaust Film Series 2021 begins Feb. 21, 2021. All films are on Vimeo (online video streaming) for 3-7 days. See dates, times, Vimeo links and passwords below for each movie. For more information, contact 309-793-1300.

February 21 – 24: The Invisibles
March 7 – 11: When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
March 19 – 26: I Do Not Care if We Go Down in History as Barbarians
April 4 – 7: Warsaw: A City Divided

The Invisibles
From Sunday, February 21, 6:00am, to Wednesday, February 24, 6:00am

While Joseph Goebbels infamously declared Berlin “free of Jews” in 1943, 1,700 managed to survive in the Nazi capital through the end of WWII. The Invisibles traces the stories of four young people who learned to hide in plain sight.

110 minutes- German with English subtitles – Drama/Biography/History (2017)

This film has adult content and has won many awards.
Password: Menemsha

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
From Sunday, March 7, 6:00am, to Thursday, March 11, 6:00am 

In 1933 in Berlin, Anna is only nine years old when her life changes from the ground up. To escape the Nazis, her father Arthur Kemper, a well-known Jewish journalist, has to flee to Zurich. His family, Anna, her twelve-year-old brother Max and her mother Dorothea, follow him shortly thereafter. Anna has to leave everything behind, including her beloved pink rabbit, and to face a new life full of challenges and privations abroad.

119 minutes — German/Swiss/French with English subtitles – Drama (2019)
Family friendly.
Password: QUAD0307

I Do Not Care if We Go Down in History as Barbarians
From Friday, March 19, 6:00 am to Friday, March 26, 6:00 am.

This film chronicles a young theatre director’s effort to stage an accurate re-enactment of the Odessa Massacre – in which Romanian soldiers slaughtered tens of thousands of Ukrainian Jews – despite the municipal government’s attempt to censor the director’s efforts. Her choice angers a city official who threatens to close the production because of its “anti-Romanian” take on history. However, the reaction to the staged play is one that neither anticipated.

100 minutes — Romanian with English Subtitles – Drama (2018)
This film has adult content and has won many awards.
Password: BARBARS


Warsaw: A City Divided
From Sunday, April 4, 6am to Wednesday, April 7, 6:00 am

In 1941, in German-occupied Warsaw, soon after the creation of the Warsaw Jewish Ghetto by the Nazis, a Polish amateur 8mm camera enthusiast shot a remarkable 10-minute film from both sides of the Ghetto walls. This never-before-seen footage is woven into “Warsaw: A City Divided”, acting as a silent witness to the tragedy of the wartime division of the city and the murder of its inhabitants. In this story of a city, Ghetto survivors and witnesses, who still call Warsaw their home, recount their extraordinary memories, while architects, urban historians, and the Chief Rabbi of Poland examine the chilling Nazi vision for Warsaw.

71 minutes — English/Polish with English Subtitles — Documentary (2019)

Presenting sponsor for this film series is: The Joyce and Tony Singh Family Foundation

Additional sponsors include: Rauch Family Foundation II, Inc.; Wheelan-Pressley Funeral Homes; Jewel Osco; Quad City Bank & Trust; Stanley and Bernice Harris Memorial Endowment Fund; Bernard and Irene Goldstein Memorial Endowment Fund; Louis & Ida-Fox Rich Fund; Gary and Randi Segal Family; Marlyne and David Weiner Family.



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A Holocaust Memorial Day Walk on the Streets of the former Warsaw Ghetto: Remembrance, Reflection and Hope

When: Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Time: USA 11:00am Central Time / Poland 6:00pm CET / Israel 7:00pm IDT On ZOOM. Free and open to the public.

To register, go to:

Download brochure: Yom Hashoah

In commemoration of Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), you are invited to join us on a live, online ZOOM walking tour in the space where the Warsaw Ghetto once existed and stops at three special locations as narrated by attorney and Holocaust educator, Michael H. Traison.

The Germans murdered over 400,000 Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto, including those who died of starvation, typhus and disease. Following this live pilgrimage, the students from the Creative Arts Academy of the Quad Cities in Davenport, Iowa, will perform a Holocaust-themed dance.

Following the dance and from Chicago, world famous Cantor, Alberto Mizrahi (left), will chant El Malei Rachamim, the Jewish prayer for the souls of the dead. The program will conclude from Israel with world renowned Cantor, Israel Rand (right), leading all of us around the globe in the singing of Hatikvah, the 19th century Jewish poem and National Anthem of Israel which tells of the 2,000 year hope of the Jewish people to return to their homeland, Israel.

For more information, contact: (309) 793-1300 or
A Holocaust Memorial Day Walk on the Streets of the former Warsaw Ghetto: Remembrance, Reflection and Hope.

We wish to express our appreciation to the American Jewish Committee (AJC) Chicago for hosting this program as well as the following sponsors: Standard Club of Chicago; Union League Club of Chicago; Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities; Galicia Jewish Museum; and Foundation for Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland.

There will also be an all-Illinois Yom Hashoah Commemoration on Thursday, April 8 in the evening – no definite time yet.



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2021 Holocaust Art & Essay Contests

2021 Holocaust Art Contest rules
2021 Yom Hashoah Essay Contest entry form

Click to access new-essay-art-flyer-together.pdf

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Holocaust Remembrance Day & USHMM Lesson

April 21st is Holocaust Remembrance Day. For parents and educators who are home-schooling students in grades 7-12, here is a one class period lesson (with extended activities) from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum entitled: “History of Antisemitism and the Holocaust.”

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KALA Radio Show – Holocaust Topics

R.O.I., produced by KALA and an affiliate of Public Radio International, has interviewed several local scholars on topics relating to the Holocaust. The show examines important events in history as well as current events through books, journal article, papers, and presentations. The guest and show co-hosts then discuss the topic with experts and history buffs who ask the question “How is it relevant or irrelevant in today’s world?”

Dr. Art Pitz was interviewed on the radio show R.O.I. in 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.

KALA is operated by St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa. 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:

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

Mark Finkelstein – Holocaust Memorial in Des Moines

Rabbi Henry J Karp – One Human Family Program   

Dr. Stephen Gaies – Pre-WWII German Youth Diaries and Memoirs Exhibit

Author Noah Lederman – A World Erased

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Online Israel Book Discussion Group

The community is invited to join the Israel Book Discussion Group hosted by Temple Emanuel, held on alternating Thursdays from noon-1:30 PM through Zoom.  Previous books discussed were Shavit’s My Promised Land; Glick’s The Israeli Solution; Ahmad’s Shatila Stories; LeVine & Mossberg’s One Land, Two States: Israel and Palestine as Parallel States.

To participate, contact Rabbi Linda at

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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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Past Holocaust Essay & Art Contest Winners, 2020

1st PlaceTaylor Piglisi  “Dancing to Survive, Forgiving to Live: The Story of Dr. Edith Eva Eger” – 12th Grade, Moline High School, Moline, Illinois   Puglisi Essay
2nd PlaceBrooke Bloom  “Death, Fear, and Sadness” – 8th Grade, St. Joseph Catholic School, DeWitt, Iowa
Sponsoring Teacher:  Demi Franck   Bloom Essay-1
3rd PlaceGarrison Chrones “Remembering the Holocaust” – 8th Grade, St. Joseph Catholic School, DeWitt, Iowa
Sponsoring Teacher:  Demi Franck  Chrones Essay
1st Place –  Ella Strader “Look for the Helpers” – 7th Grade, Creative Arts Academy, Davenport, Iowa
Nominating teacher: Heidi Hernandez
2nd PlaceMegan Cornwell “Air That Kills” – 12th Grade,  Rockridge High School, Taylor Ridge, Illinois
Nominating teacher: Kayla Ulfig
3rd PlaceSophia Clifton “Painful Remembrance” – 7th Grade, Geneseo Middle School, Geneseo, Illinois
Nominating teacher:  Logan Hamilton
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Rauch Foundation Educator Bi-annual Scholarship

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

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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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