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VE DAY – MAY 8, 2020

On May 8, 2020, we will commemorate VE Day – Victory in Europe.  Please consider showing JFR’s award winning documentary Following the Footsteps of My FatherHere is a link to the documentary.

If you would like to screen the longer version of the documentary, Footsteps of My Father please email Stanlee at [email protected] and we will make it possible for you to screen the documentary with your students. The longer version is 38 minutes in length.  Stanlee is also available to “meet” with your students online to discuss the making of the documentary, Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds, and the historiography of the Battle of the Bulge.  The Teachers Guide for “Footsteps of My Father” is available on the JFR website.  Here is a link to the Teacher’s Guide.

VE Day Program – Florida Holocaust Museum – Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

On Thursday, May 7, 2020, The Florida Holocaust Museum (FHM) is holding a virtual public program commemorating the 75th anniversary of the end of the war in Europe. The JFR documentary Following the Footsteps of my Father” will be screened.  The program will feature Stanlee Stahl, JFR Executive Vice President, and Pastor Chris Edmonds, son of Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds, who is featured in the documentary.  The program, which will be live-streamed through Zoom, is free to the public.

To register online, please visit by 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, 2020 (registration is required). The attendees may write in questions within the webinar chat and Stanlee Stahl, Pastor Edmonds, and Elizabeth Gelman, Executive Director of The FHM, will be readily available throughout the program to virtually answer your questions and interact with you in real time.  For more information on the program please click here.

Footsteps of My Father Director, Paul Allman (left) and Executive Producer, Dean Beals (right) with Pastor Chris Edmonds (center) at the 2016 JFR Dinner.
2020 Advanced Seminar Participants.


While plans are in place for the 2021 Advanced Seminar, which is to be held at the Hilton Newark Airport over Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, January 16 – 18, 2021, we are holding off on formally announcing the program until we see how everything is this fall.


For those who teach to the Holocaust towards the end of the school year, we would like to know how this went.  Were you able to teach to the Holocaust, what worked for you and your students, and what did not work? If we have to continue online teaching next academic year, what would you like to see the JFR provide?


Even though the war ended 75 years ago, in April 2020, we received two requests for support. One request was from a woman who was recognized years ago; however, she did not need help until now. The second request is from a woman who was just recognized by Yad Vashem in 2019.  The JFR is pleased to provide both women with financial assistance.


As working remotely becomes the new normal for most of us, consider making use of the JFR website. Our rescuer section contains more than 175 individual stories of rescue. Our documentary section contains award-winning documentaries of rescue stories.

If you have questions or if you need assistance, Stanlee is available to work with you.  You can email Stanlee at [email protected].

Stanlee Stahl, JFR Executive Vice President, working remotely from North Carolina!


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