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News from the 19th Floor – At the JFR – 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 organization, community group, sisterhood. The longer version is 38 minutes in length.  Stanlee is also available to “meet” with your group online to discuss the making of the documentary, Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds, and the historiography of the Battle of the Bulge.

A 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.


We hope you have been checking out our featured educators from across the country.  Several months ago, the JFR began featuring Alfred Lerner Fellows in a new series called “Fellows in Focus.”  Each Wednesday we highlight an outstanding educator!  Please check out the JFR’s Facebook page on Wednesday to learn about a terrific teacher.

Teachers who attend the JFR’s Summer Institute for Teachers are known as Alfred Lerner Fellows.

In May we are featuring:

Julie Gates from Boca Raton, Florida – May 5, 2021
Lauren Samoszenko from Pensacola, Florida – May 12, 2021
Stephanie Krzeminski from Oswego, Illinois  – May 19, 2021
Rachel Hartsell from Chelsea, Alabama – May 26, 2021

Click here to see all of the Fellows in Focus that were featured in April 2021.

One of the teachers we featured in April was Joslyn Corbett from Florida. Read more about Joslyn on our Facebook page.
Joslyn Corbett with her in-person and virtual Students.


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