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Sunday, 10 June 2012

Holocaust survivor speaks to Middlesex seventh grade

Middlesex Middle School seventh-grade students recently heard Anita Schorr recall her experiences as a young Jewish girl during the Holocaust.
Schorr, who now lives in Westport, was almost 9 when the Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia and her life drastically changed for the worse. At first, there were new oppressive rules that changed her life: she had to wear a yellow Star of David on her clothes and she could not attend school.
Later, however, when Schorr was almost 11, she and her family were sent to the Terezin concentration camp and later to Auschwitz, where her mother and younger brother died in the gas chambers.
After surviving a work camp in Hamburg, Schorr endured six more weeks in the Bergen-Belsen camp until the Allies won the war and she was freed. At almost 15, she was the only survivor of her family.
Schorr said she told the students her story not so they would feel sorry for her, but so they will always "guard their freedom and the freedom of others."
She said Hitler was the biggest bully in history and urged the students to treat each other with respect and to never stand by and observe bullying behavior without saying or doing something.
As part of their lessons on the Holocaust, the students made memorials signifying the importance of never forgetting the atrocities of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust.

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