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Memorial Students Learn from Holocaust Lesson

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Memorial Junior High School eighth-graders and teachers Mrs. Dunham, Mr. Elgort, Mrs. Lopez and Mrs. Smith visited the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Museum in Glen Cove.

The Holocaust program at the museum is marked by the testimony of a Holocaust survivor, Ruth Mermelstein, who recounted her life in Hungary during the Nazi occupation and then her tragic journey to Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen.  Students witnessed a first-person testimony to Europe's descent into evil and inhumanity and were able to ask Mrs. Mermelstein questions at the end of her testimony.  Students were also given a guided tour of the museum by docents who provided an in-depth knowledge of the Holocaust’s devastating events.

The last part of the day was spent participating in a workshop called One Act of Courage, which helped students understand that one act of courage can save someone's life. They were given courage cards and encouraged to explore their potential for being upstanders in their own lives.

Saturday, July 04, 2020