RAHWAY — On Jan. 19, a group of students from Rahway High School spent a day with teachers, Debra Maller and Susana Monteiro, visiting the Holocaust Museum and also the Lincoln Memorial and the Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington, D.C. The people they met as well as the exhibits in the museum carried powerful messages.
Michael Rubell sponsors Morris Rubell Holocaust Remembrance Journeys in honor of his father, Morris Rubell, a Holocaust survivor. Also accompanying the students were Peter Fleishman, a Czech survivor and Fred Heyman, who was a hidden child in Germany when Hitler was in power. Students were able to meet and hear Nesse Godin, who tells visitors about when as a child she survived “the Holocaust by the grace of the Lord above and by the kindness of Jewish women that gave me a bite of bread, wrapped my body in straw to keep me warm, held me up when I was hurt by the guards, gave me hope, but also asked me to promise them that if I survived I would not let them be forgotten.”
Next, students visited the Lincoln Memorial where they read the names of victims of the Holocaust from the ID cards given earlier at the Museum. The trip ended with a visit to the new Martin Luther King Memorial.
From left, Michael Rubell, son of a Holocaust survivor, sponsors trips to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC in honor of his father Morris. At the Museum, shown from left, Rubell, Rachna Misra, Peter Fleishman, a Czech survivor, Sherley Rios, Bernadette Perez, Yuleisy Ortez, and Fred Heyman, who was a hidden child during the Holocaust. (Photo courtesy of Rahway High School)
Teacher Debra Maller and a student meet with survivor Nesse Godin, who tells the story on behalf the women who sheltered her as a child in the concentration camps. (Photo courtesy of Rahway High School)
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