Holocaust History Made Personal for Sophomores

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Tenth-graders in the global history classes of Sue Ortega, Laurie Osbern, Maureen Vecchia and Jeff Willemin visited the Holocaust Resource Center in Manhasset on March 30, meeting with the center’s director, Irving Roth.

A Holocaust survivor of Auschwitz and Buchenwald, Roth has dedicated his life to Holocaust education and shared his personal story with the sophomores. He asked them to pass it on to future generations, remembering the horrors of the Holocaust and remaining vigilant in identifying abuse or racism so that such atrocities will never happen again.

After answering students’ questions and signing copies of his book “Bondi’s Brother,” Roth took his visitors to the museum, where he explained various works of art created by students as well as photos and artifacts that survived World War II. 

“This trip is always a highlight for our high school students, as they realize that future generations will not have the unique experience of meeting a Holocaust survivor in person,” said Osbern. “They appreciate having the opportunity to hear Mr. Roth’s firsthand account of the Nazi’s systematic oppression throughout his childhood, leading up to his own imprisonment and liberation. It is a moving and memorable experience for all who attend.”