SCOTCH PLAINS — Union Catholic faculty member Kathy Webber’s freshman English classes recently spoke with Holocaust survivor and guest speaker Peter Fleischmann about his experience as a teenager during World War II. Fleischmann and his family were able to escape Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia with the help of family and others who risked their lives to assist them in their time of need.
While speaking with the freshman English classes, Fleischmann emphasized how important it is to speak up when an injustice is seen, and he connected his own story to the timely subject of bullying. Students were eager to hear from someone who avoided the camps, as well as learn about the three-month journey that led him from his home to France, Spain, Portugal, and ultimately the United States.
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