High students study Holocaust in New York | Community Spirit
The following is a press release from Laurel School District:
The only difference between Sally Frishberg and Anne Frank was Anne got caught and Sally didn’t.
This past summer that real and poignant statement was made to a group of Laurel High School students who visited the Anne Frank Center in New York where they met Holocaust survivor Sally Frishberg. To complete a study of “The Diary of Anne Frank,” the students along with teachers made the 1,100 mile trip to visit the museum.
“To the students' surprise they were able to meet a Holocaust survivor and hear her experiences firsthand,” said English teacher Lasonya Anderson. “She shared how she and her family hid from 1942-1944 in a friend's attic, where her sister and aunt died of starvation. She also explained to the students that when they were liberated, while getting down from the attic after 2 years of hiding, they could not walk nor could they speak because their voice boxes had not been used for two years.”
Laurel High School student Mollie Ward was one of 25 students to make the journey, and she said it was an experience she will never forget.
“We went to the Anne Frank Museum, where we watched a documentary on Anne Frank, saw photographs, and had the opportunity to meet a Holocaust survivor,” Ward said. “You really don’t realize how real all of that was until you hear it from someone who went through it. The tragedy of what everyone went through became real as Ms. Sally shared her story.”
In addition to the museum, students visited the Empire State building, Times Square, Madison Square Garden, NBC News, the Statute of Liberty, Ellis Island, and a Broadway show starring Raven Symone.
“Our students had an outstanding time, and really learned the importance of studying history,” Anderson said. “We hope to make this an annual trip for our top academic students.”
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