Bruce and Lucy Gerstein Holocaust Education Travel Fund 2015-16 Call for Applications Background: Dr. 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. The first recipient of the fund will travel with the CANDLES (Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors) Museum trip to Auschwitz from July 9-17, 2016. Eligibility: The fund is available to all undergraduate Butler University students with a 3.0 GPA or higher. Preference will be given to those whose academic studies, community service, or research focuses on eradicating prejudice, educating about history in order to prevent future tragedies, and seeking change through action. Strong preference will be given to returning students, although graduating seniors are also invited to apply. Students currently on disciplinary probation are ineligible. The selected candidate is required to have a valid U.S. passport by the departure date. Following the trip to Auschwitz, the student will be required to pursue a research project related to the Jewish Holocaust. The selected candidate must agree to give a public, oral presentation in Indianapolis in the Fall of 2016 about the CANDLES trip and the subsequent research project. If a graduating senior is selected, she/he must commit in advance to being in the Indianapolis area for this presentation. Specific details about the location, date, and length of the presentation will be provided when the offer is made to the selected candidate. To Apply: Applicants should submit the following materials to Melissa Friedman in the CHASE office (JH 153) by noon on Tuesday, December 1. Applications that are incomplete by the deadline will not be accepted for review. A completed application cover sheet form, available on the CHASE website at legacy.butler.edu/chase A grant statement (2 pages maximum, 12 point font, 1 inch margins) that addresses the applicant’s interest in the CANDLES trip to Auschwitz, as well as her/his previous focus upon eradicating prejudice, educating about history in order to prevent tragedy, and seeking change through action. A description of the proposed subsequent research or community engagement to be undertaken after the conclusion of the CANDLES trip is required. 2 letters of recommendation. The student’s faculty mentor for the application must be one of the recommenders. The other should be either service-related or a personal recommendation. One copy of the applicant’s complete academic transcript(s). The unofficial transcript from MyButler is acceptable. Finalists will be notified by mid January. Personal interviews with the selection committee will be scheduled, and the winning candidate will be notified after the interviews have concluded. About Lucy and Bruce Gerstein Bruce Gerstein was born in Lusk, Poland, a small farming community, in 1931. His parents were wheat merchants and owned a restaurant. His father was killed during a 1941 Nazi invasion. Bruce hid with his mother and younger brother in the hay loft of a nearby barn with other Jews. Nazis found the hiding spot and captured and killed everyone but Bruce, who remained unseen. Over the next four years, Bruce hid in nearby barns and farmhouses, sometimes with other Jews, and sometimes alone. In 1945, following his liberation, Bruce spent the next two years in a Displaced Persons Camps (DP or refugee camps) in Germany. At age 17 he came to America alone, and settled in New York. He lived with a distant relative for a short time, and went to night school to learn English while working during the day. Lucy Rothbaum was born in 1932 in Lvov, Poland, a cosmopolitan and cultural city. In 1941, her father, a middle class store owner, heard the stories of Nazi atrocities and of the advancement of the Nazis into nearby Poland. He placed Lucy, her younger sister, and her mother into hiding. He was captured, but subsequently escaped. Lucy hid, with false papers, for three years with an older Polish woman. In 1944, after being forced to leave her safe haven, she was reunited with her family. All four of them hid in the countryside outside of Lvov, several times escaping death, for one year until Liberation in 1945. The family also was in a German DP camp, for two years and came to the United States in 1947, settling in New York. Lucy went to high school and attended Brooklyn College. She worked as an administrative assistant and met Bruce in Brooklyn, while he was working as a fabric laborer. They married in the early ’50s. Bruce started a successful leather hand bag manufacturing company with his father-in-law and brother-in-law. They also started and managed a real estate development firm. Lucy and Bruce had two children and seven grandchildren. Their grandson Ari will be a first-year student at Butler University this fall and will play on the Butler tennis team. Bruce died in 2005 and Lucy still lives in New York.