Quad Cities Campus
Leibovitz Holocaust Collection
Supporting the professional development of teachers and the continued education of children about the Holocaust.
Housed at the Western Illinois University-Quad Cities Library in Moline, the Jeff Leibovitz Special Collection of Holocaust Education Materials is a valuable resource for use in instruction and research about the Holocaust. The contents of the collection are carefully chosen by the Leibovitz Collection Steering Committee to represent the highest quality materials aimed at teachers and students. The Leibovitz Collection contains books, audiovisual materials, and specially designed classroom resources such as posters and curriculum kits. The collection also features traveling cases of materials for doing an entire unit on the Holocaust.
Some topics covered in the Leibovitz Collection are as follows:
- The origins of Hitler's campaign against the Jews.
- Children in the Holocaust.
- Daily life in concentrations camps.
- People who hid from the Nazis and those who helped them.
- Persecutions of non-Jewish ethnic groups during the Holocaust.
- Holocaust survivors and their stories.
Accessing the Collection
Quad Cities area teachers may borrow materials for use in developing and teaching lessons about the Holocaust. The Leibovitz Collection may also be used by all persons affiliated with Western Illinois University. Please contact the Quad Cities Library to learn more at 309-762-1598 or QC-Library@wiu.edu.
The Leibovitz Collection has been supported by generous contributions from both individual donors and community organizations. Among those who have helped in the effort to build the Leibovitz Collection are the following:
- The Community Foundation of the Great River Bend
- The Doris & Victor Day Foundation
- The Riverboat Development Authority
- The Rock Island Community Foundation
- Western Illinois University
The Holocaust Education Committee of the Greater Quad City Area - Mission: to promote a higher awareness of the Holocaust as a unique historical event with universal implications for today.
Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center - located in Skokie, Illinois.
The Midwest Center for Holocaust Education - located in Overland Park, Kansas.
Yad Vashem: The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes/ Remembrance Authority - The website has a large collection of educational resources.