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TABC’s Holocaust Studies Students Hear From Survivors

On October 13, students in Mrs. Cary Reichardt’s Holocaust Studies elective took part in a yom iyun workshop at the Holocaust Museum and Center for Tolerance and Education, located on the campus of Rockland Community College. Upon their arrival to the museum, the museum’s Director of Education Linda Suss, led an interactive workshop with the students on “Moral Courage,” during which the students worked in pairs and were presented with real-life scenarios that happened during the Holocaust in which righteous gentiles displayed great moral courage. The students were asked to try and put themselves in the shoes of the heroes and conjecture what they may have done. The group then had the unique privilege of hearing from Mr. Alan Moskin, a WWII veteran, who participated in the liberation of several concentration camps. His recollections and messages about the dangers of senseless hatred resonated deeply with the students. Before their departure, the students also had a chance to view several of the exhibits in the newly updated museum. On Monday and Wednesday of last week, thanks to Mrs. Reichardt’s collaboration with Joana Aruda, director of the Museum of Jewish Heritage’s Speaker’s Bureau, the class met virtually with Holocaust survivor Alice Ginsburg via Zoom. The boys were amazed by Mrs. Ginsburg’s clear and detailed account, at 91 years old, of life in the ghetto and three concentration camps. The class will be exploring both Mr. Moskin’s and Mrs. Ginsburg’s stories in the coming weeks as they aim to incorporate them into their final projects.

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