In January, 2013, I had the pleasure of visiting a Grade 8 class at Donna Klein Jewish Academy in Boca Raton, Florida, and I can’t begin to describe how impressed I was with the questions and insight from the students.
They were completely attentive to Margaret and Arthur’s Story and recited some very impactful passages from the documentary.
Here is what one student wrote:
“While listening to this video, I realized how fortunate I am, and how I should take advantage and appreciate every little thing, every single day because the next day everything may be gone. We are so used to seeing our friends, family, teachers and neighbors every single day; I cannot even imagine going from normal, everyday life to something as horrifying as The Holocaust.”
Another student wrote:
“In your grandparents’ story, it amazed me at how much God’s presence was there. I never thought that God was there to help us during The Holocaust, but now I do. I came to the realization of this during the part of your grandparents’ story of survival when your grandma switched shoes with her brother. Her shoes were new but he her brother’s were old. Sadly her brother got sent to the gas chamber and died, but your grandma survived. I thought it was amazing when you said if she hadn’t changed shoes with her brother she wouldn’t have had anything (of his), but since she did, she had his shoes.
I will never forget this story of survival, and I hope it will touch many more kids in the future.”
That was from a young Grade 8 boy. I was amazed and touched by the response and the insight of such young people. This is what drives me to do more, to visit more classrooms.
How these children are affected by the message of the documentary and the discussion afterwards is so rewarding, it brings clarity to what I want to accomplish with Margaret’s Legacy.