Below are some recordings of presentations or projects that the CUJF Holocaust Education Center has organized in the past.

Holocaust Art and Writing Contest Winner


As a student at Sullivan High School, Natalee Hunter was recognized as an international finalist in the 23rd and 24th annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contests sponored by Chapman University in California and the 1939 Society (a group of Holocaust survivors, their descendents, and friends). In 2022, Natalee created a three minute film, Brushstrokes of Resiliance, with music and narration that focused on the testimony of Sally Roisman and connected it to lessons about courage, hope, and resilience. Natalee reflected on what she learned from Sally’s testimony and how it relates to her life.

In 2023, her film, Quiet Resistance, focused on the testimony of Vladka Meed and connected it to themes of love and resistance. It earned second place in the competition.

Natalee is now a college student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, focusing her studies on film production.

To find out more about her experience learning about the Holocaust and making her videos, you can read the speech she gave at the Yom HaShoah service.

The Terezin Project


My name is Tamra Gingold, and I am the Orchestra Director at Urbana High School.  I have always been an advocate for exposing my students to a broad range of culture by using music.  I decided to do a unit on the Holocaust, focusing on the music, artwork, and poetry of Terezin, knowing that I would only be able to touch the surface as there was so much information and several of my students knew absolutely nothing about it except that it happened.   In addition to researching the music, artwork, poetry, and prisoners of Terezin, students got the opportunity to hear from survivors of the Holocaust, including my dad, Dr. William Gingold.  They learned how to play several melodies from songs composed in Terezin as well as songs written in remembrance of the 12 million+ souls whose lives were ended because of hate, ignorance, and fear. 

The Current State of Holocaust Education


Holocaust Education Chair Brian Kahn and former CUJF Director Linda Bauer are discussing teaching about genocide and the Holocaust on WILL-AM 580's "The 21st" radio show: strategies and challenges of dealing with this important, evolving issue.



Through Their Eyes: A Student Exhibit on the Holocaust

In commemoration of Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day


Jewish Federation’s Holocaust Education Center sponsors an annual student exhibit featuring original works on the study of the Holocaust created by local students from Champaign and Ford Counties. Featured video presents students work.

Short Film Inspired by Story of Holocaust survivor


In 2018, Max Libman wrote his original screen play, “Ein Stern” (a star). It was inspired by the life of his great-grandmother, Ann Gershuny, growing up in Poland prior to German occupation. It debuted at CU Film Society’s Pens to Lens gala in 2018. It was filmed in German with English subtitles.

Max also made an additional film, Ann's Story, a documentary that he wrote and produced based on the experiences of his great-grandmother and her family. It contains an interview of her, allowing viewers to hear her voice.