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11th grade visits the Holocaust Museum

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by Cameron Casalta, staff reporter

The 11th grade visited the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Place, Manhattan, November 10th. The Museum of Jewish Heritage is a living memorial to the Holocaust whose message is remembrance and hope.  

This Field Trip was organized by Mrs. Marks, 11th grade English teacher. Unit One, Words of Hate and Words of Hope was completed and words of hate are a large focus in Night, in which the entire 11th grade read the book Night by Elie Wiesel.

Elie Wiesel is a holocaust survivor and his book Night is his memoirs of his experience in the concentration camps at Auschwitz and Buchenwald from 1944 to 1945 when he was 16 years old.

“Learning about Night personalized the holocaust, giving us a perspective from an individual experience so going into the museum we had background knowledge,” 11th grade Peter Psihoulas said.

The museum first opened in 1997 with a mission to educate people of all ages and backgrounds about Jewish history and heritage in the 20th and 21st centuries before, during, and after the Holocaust.  

One of the first sights seen within the museum are six large concrete walls. These walls are a memorial to honor the 6 million Jews who perished during the holocaust and honor the indomitable spirit of holocaust survivors.

Inscribed on these walls in English and Hebrew are two lines of text that read  Remember Never Forget and There is Hope for Your Future. These two verses mean that we should never forget the lives that were lost during the holocaust, that there is hope for the Jewish people, and that humanity as a whole should learn from this historical tragedy so it never occurs again.

Featured image in courtesy of Shari Marks on Twitter.

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