Each year, I finish teaching the unit on Anne Frank by inviting local Holocaust survivors to share their memories with our classes. This sharing has the most profound effect on students. Many stay after class simply to hug the survivors to express their gratitude. Each survivor tells in his or her own way how they endured almost unbearable suffering as children. The gift of this very difficult sharing by these survivors testifies to their strength to somehow rise above that suffering. The most frequent comment students and former students share about hearing the survivors' stories is how much carrying these stories with them will help them get through the trauma of teenage years and the difficult times they'll experience as adults.
To arrange these presentations, I worked with the local office of the NCCJ organization and with Jewish Family Services.
Below, I've provided information on some the local survivors who have spoken to us. In the future, we plan to show videos here of these survivors telling their stories. I've also provided some links to other websites where you can read and see videos of other survivors sharing their experiences.
Elizabeth Seiden, the daughter of Holocaust survivors, shares her family's experiences with us
Created by James DeLong and Jon Erickson
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