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News from the 19th Floor – Alfred Lerner Fellows – May 2021

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News from the 19th Floor

Wanda K., Poland


We continue to receive letters, notes, emails, and photos from the rescuers.  Please click here to meet some of the rescuers the JFR supports with monthly financial awards.

VE DAY – MAY 8, 2021

On May 8, 2021, 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.


Our 2021 Summer Institute got off to an early start! We have been Zooming with our 2021 Lerner Fellows.  It has been fun and we are getting to meet each other! For future Summer Institutes, we are considering holding Zoom calls prior to everyone arriving at Columbia University. It is a great way for everyone to connect and to discuss topics of interest to the group.


The dates for the 2022 Advanced Seminar are January 15 – 17, 2022.  We are planning on an “in person” program.  The 2022 Advanced Seminar, will be held at the Hilton Newark Airport.  The program will be announced by September 2021.  The program is open to Alfred Lerner Fellows who are full-time teachers or Holocaust center staff.  It will be good to be with everyone again!

2020 Advanced Seminar Participants.


As we finish a challenging year, we would like to know how your Holocaust unit went. Were you able to teach to the Holocaust, what worked for you and your students, and what did not work? If the next academic year finds you in a hybrid situation, what would you like to see the JFR provide?


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