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"If you don't know at least part of the story, if you don't know that there is a story, then we shall bequeath upon our descendants a sense of shame. We could not save those who died but we can save them from dying again because to forget is to kill them again. So why should the next generation in the 21st century live with that shame? For the dead and the living, we must bear witness." - Elie Wiesel

Champaign Resident Remembers the Kindertransport

by Illinois Public Media Plus

One of the lesser known stories about the Holocaust is what is known as the Kindertransport – rescue missions that brought thousands of mostly Jewish children from Nazi-controlled territories in the months leading up to World War II. One of those children was Champaign resident, Heini Halberstam. He was born in Czechoslovakia, and separated from his mother during the Nazi occupation. He believes she died in a labor camp. Halberstam said that changed his life forever. Find out more and watch video

Franklin students learn about Holocaust, create their own 'museum'

Photo by: Heather Coit/The News-Gazette

News Gazette — If the propaganda Nazis used in Germany existed in the U.S. today, it might take the form of ads disparaging blacks and encouraging people to burn down their houses.

Franklin Middle School's 200 eighth graders learned and presented these facts, and many more, when they created their own Holocaust Museum on Thursday at the school. It's the fifth year for the school's museum.

The students have spent five weeks learning about the Holocaust in social studies and language arts classes, with some science and math lessons included as well, said teacher Trina Wetzel. The museum allowed students to dig into the areas of the Holocaust and related topics they were interested in. Full News Gazette Article

Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus

It is the mission of the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus to remember those who perished and survived the Holocaust and, in a world increasingly faced with sectarian strife and intolerance, to set forth the lessons of the Holocaust as a model for teaching ethical conduct and responsible decision-making.  By highlighting those individuals who, in the midst of evil, stood for the best rather than the worst of human nature, the Holocaust Memorial Center seeks to contribute to maintaining an open, free society. Holocaust Memorial Center

CUJF Holocaust Education Committee

Brian B. Kahn, Chair

The Holocaust Education committee serves as a resource to help school systems comply with the 1990 Illinois state mandate to teach about the Holocaust in fifth, eight, and tenth grades.  (Public Act 86-780)

The committee is also dedicated to providing assistance to all individuals in the greater Champaign-Urbana area who wish to address the universal lessons to be learned from the Holocaust.

The committee sends information about the Holocaust to public school teachers and college students majoring in education; sponsors and grants scholarships for in-service teacher training programs; provides videos, books, and newspapers to local libraries and schools and speakers to area classrooms.
Services include:
      Speakers Bureau
      Education Trunks 
      In-service Training for Educators

Members: Terri Gitler, Robin Goettel, Jennifer Klatsky, Rebecca Lawson, Ilene Silverman, Bob Lehmann, Amy Wolf

Education Trunks

Education Trunks were developed to assist in your  teaching. Illinois State Code mandates teaching of the Holocaust at elementary and secondary levels, usually done in 5th, 8th, and 10th grades.

The resources you choose will provide you with a ready-to-use unit that is grade-appropriate and relevant to all learning styles.

We have assembled materials that reflect varying levels of readability. You can select from a variety of print, audiovisual, and electronic resources. Complete information

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Holocaust Education Professional Interest Community

The mission of the Holocaust Education Professional Interest Community is to strengthen the conditions for a just and humane life in society by collecting and disseminating knowledge and information concerning the Holocaust (1939-45).

The commitment of this network is based on the recognition that the historical lessons of the Holocaust are of profound importance to people of all races, religions, and ethnic backgrounds. More information

Donate To CUJF

Your generous donation helps support the continued education of local children about the Holocaust.

Childrens Book Bibliography

The following bibliography was compiled to guide parents, educators, and young readers to children’s books about the Holocaust and related subjects. Please contact your local librarian for access to these and other materials in your community. Bibliography

School Visits

Monday, March 14, 2011.
Lee Melhado, who serves on the Holocaust Education Committee, spoke to Mrs. Reger's fifth grade classroom at Robeson Elementary School. Request a speaker

Educational Resources

Rather than "reinventing the wheel" so to speak, we would like to direct you to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum website. The direct link to the section for teachers is here.

Sinai Temple Library

 A listing of books for and about children and young adults in the Sinai Temple library that address the Holocaust can be found here by typing  "Holocaust" in the search box.

Yom Ha'Shoah

 More information on Holocaust Education and community commemorations and services for Yom'Hashoah

Our Shared Legacy

World War II and “The Joint”

Welcome to our extraordinary collection of documents and photographs from the World War II era. Explore our shared legacy of “The Joint’s” work rescuing and providing relief during and after the Holocaust. More details

Yad Vashem

Yad Vashem home page 

Auschwitz Flyby

On September 4, 2003, in a large ceremony, the Israeli Air Force flew three f-15 jets over the Auschwitz concentration camp in a show of the Jewish people’s continued strength and triumph over past adversities Watch video

Holocaust Museums

Global Directory of Holocaust Museums

Annual Report 2012-13 Coming Soon!

CUJF's Annual Report & Allocations Guide for 2012-13 is in production and will hit your mailbox soon--be on the lookout!