On June 6, 2019, we will commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
Please take a moment to remember our soldiers, many who gave their lives to defeat Nazi Germany.
They are the greatest generation!
Each June, the JFR receives proof of life from the men and women receiving our financial support. Every rescuer is asked to complete a form, provide a copy of their pension statement for May or June 2019, and to send a notarized affidavit certifying that they are alive. In addition to receiving these forms and documents, we also receive notes and cards from the rescuers expressing their appreciation for the support.
On behalf of the Righteous, I thank you for your support and generosity. You are making a difference in their lives and it is appreciated.
We are looking forward to June 23, 2019, when we welcome twenty-seven new Alfred Lerner Fellows. We will have two teachers from Poland and two from Croatia as well as teachers and Holocaust center staff from across the United States. The JFR Summer Institute for Teachers is held at Columbia University the last week in June and features twelve world-class scholars in the field.
Tricia Skelton (Lerner Fellow 2017) shared with us a series of poems written by her students. Tricia is a 6th Grade History and Language Arts Teacher at the Opelika Middle School, in Opelika, Alabama. We thought you might like to read some of the poems prepared by her students during their unit on the Holocaust. Tricia is an outstanding and dedicated educator!
Blackout poems: Students read information about the helpers and created illustrations to go with the person. Click here to see the Blackout poems.
Butterfly poems: Students read The Butterfly and were then asked to write poems. Click here to read the Butterfly poems.
Blitz poems: After studying Kristallnacht, students were asked to create 24 line Blitz poems. Click here to read the Blitz poems.
If you would like to bring Footsteps of My Father to your community, there is a form on our website for you to complete and submit. If you are going to use the documentary for educational purposes and not as a fundraiser, we will send you a link that will be password protected for the time you indicate you would like to show the documentary. The link and password will be good for two weeks. Please click here for the form.
If you would like to bring the documentary for a fundraiser or for a film festival, there will be a screening charge.
The JFR is in the process of completing an online resource for teachers to accompany the documentary. The teacher’s resource will be available for the 2019-2020 academic year.