Holocaust survivor Rose Schindler's stories have given Montgomery Middle School students a "new perspective" on life in addition to an appreciation of the "vivid detail" of her memories of her experiences as a 14-year-old girl.
spoke to two grade 8 classes at the Linda Vista school that are
studying the attempted extermination of the Jewish population by the
Nazi regime in Germany from 1933-45.
“It has given me a new
perspective on living and my respect has also grown for all survivors,"
wrote student Jennifer Dao, "as well as other people who have survived
similar situations and have the courage to share their experiences. No
amount of words can show my gratitude.”
The students are in Lea
LaVelle's classes and have been studying the Holocaust this year. The
curriculum, "Echoes and Reflections," a multimedia curriculum on the
Holocaust by the Anti-Defamation League and the USC hoah Foundation.
Jenna Corbin, the assistant regional director of the ADL, arranged for
Schindler’s visit to Montgomery.
Schindler grew up in
Czechoslovakia and Hungary, and spoke to the students about life for her
family and the Jews before the war and once Hungary was occupied by
Germany in 1944. She was 14 years-old when she was sent to Auschwitz
concentration camp and also shared her experience escaping daily threats
on her life.
To the students, Schindler expressed it was her
extraordinary strength and hope, along with the support of her two
sisters, that led to her survival.
“I am almost taken aback by
the vivid detail in which she (Schindler) was able to describe her
experience," said student Richard Bonnardel.
For more information, visit the Echos and Reflections website or contact teacher LaVelle at firstname.lastname@example.org, or the ADL's Corbin at email@example.com.