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Bruce and Lucy Gerstein Holocaust Education Travel Fund

Bruce and Lucy GersteinDr. David Gerstein has established an endowed fund, named in honor of his parents, at Butler University that will support travel and research related to the study of the Jewish Holocaust. This year's award will support travel and research related to the study of the Jewish Holocaust and is open to undergraduate students of all majors. Dr. Gerstein personally expressed an enthusiasm for a variety of uses for the fund. 

The 2018-19 application will open on October 29th. Please attend the presentation of the 2017-18 recipients at 7 pm in PB 156. This year's application will open after that event.


2017-18 Recipients

Congratulations to Ben Kessler (Health Sciences) and Alea Rashid (Business) for being co-recipients of this year's award. They will both present on their research on Monday, October 29th from 7-8 pm in PB 156. The event is free and open to the public.


Congratulations to Isaac Warshawsky (Pharmacy '20) for being selected as the second recipient of the Bruce and Lucy Gerstein Holocaust Education Fund. Isaac traveled to Poland over spring break and has been working on an ongoing research project related to the film Schindler's List.

Isaac's public presentation was Thursday, October 26th from 7-8 pm in PB 156. Thanks to everyone who attended!

Please direct any questions about the application process and future awards to the CHASE office.

2015-16 recipient and public presentation

The first recipient of the fund was Ellie Hersh (College of Education, 2016). She traveled with the CANDLES (Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors) Museum trip to Auschwitz from July 9-17, 2016. Ellie gave a public presentation on both the trip, as well as her ongoing research, which deals with teaching the Holocaust to elementary school children, on September 29, 2016 from 6:15-7:00 p.m. in the Reilly Room, Atherton Union. The event was extremely well attended and open to the public.

Read the Tribune Star's account of Ellie's experience.

Holocaust survivor Eva Kor spoke at Clowes Hall in 2016 for the Diversity Series. Watch her entire presentation.