1st Place: Levi Tannenbaum (10th grade) and Yosef Tannenbaum (9th grade), Homeschooled – “Mendel’s Journey” (Mendel Hershkowitz Kluger)
2nd Place: Alex M. Williams (8th grade), Rivermont Collegiate, Bettendorf, IA – “A Night We Should Never Forget” (Elie Wiesel)
3rd Place (Tie): Zoe D. Fuglsang (8th grade), St. Joseph Catholic School, DeWitt, IA – “A Time to Never Forget” (Aaron Elster). Paige Swain (10th grade), Geneseo High School, Geneseo, IL – “Her Truimph” (Irene Butter)
The Quad Cities Yom HaShoah Committee sponsors the annual The Ida S. Kramer “Children and the Holocaust” Essay Contest for Quad City area (Illinois and Iowa) for students in grades 6-12. The Essay Contest, in honor and loving memory of Ida S. Kramer (1926-2015), bears her name. Ida has been the voice of Holocaust education for Quad City schools, civic groups, and the community at large for over 30 years.
Theme: Children and the Holocaust The title of the essay may be original and may be on the first page of the essay or on a separate cover sheet. Essay must be submitted electronically to: email@example.com Deadline: March 1 (annually) Guidelines & Entry Form:
1st Place: Seryanna C. Cutkomp (8th grade), Creative Arts Academy of the Quad Cities – “Chaos in Color”
2nd Place: Aly Perez (7th grade), Creative Arts Academy of the Quad Cities – “Millions”
3rd Place: Levi Tannenbaum (10th grade) and Yosef Tannenbaum (9th grade), Homeschooled – “The Sixth Bridge”
Guidelines: The annual Meyer and Frances Shnurman Visual Arts Contest theme is “Imagery and Expression: A Visual Response to the Holocaust.” The contest is open to students in grades 6-12 in the Greater Quad City area. The Visual Arts Contest bears the name of Meyer and Frances Shnurman who were both survivors of Nazi extermination camps.
Deadline: March 1 (annually) Guidelines & Entry Form:
Engage Students with Interactive Online Lessons. Inspire meaningful examination of the Holocaust in person or at a distance with interactive materials that prompt students to actively engage with the history and think critically about the questions it raises.
New Interactive Online Holocaust Lessons From the “Introduction to the Holocaust” and the “History of Antisemitism,” to “Analyzing Memes” and the “Challenges of Escape,” a variety of interactive online lessons, designed for learning management systems, inspire students to actively examine the Holocaust. View lesson plans >>
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.”
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: https://soundcloud.com/kalaradio
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.
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.
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. Judy will return to the Quad Cities this October, 2022, and willl perform as Miep Gies and lecture about Ravensbruck.