The Walker School in Marietta played host from Jan. 29 to Feb. 2 to “Never Forget: An Introduction to the Holocaust,” a traveling exhibit from Kennesaw State University’s Museum of History and Holocaust Education.
The exhibit tells the difficult story of the Holocaust for fifth- and sixth-graders and asks nine important questions, including “What was Jewish life like before the Holocaust?” “What happened to the victims?” and “How did people fight back?”
“Never Forget” features the story of local Holocaust survivor Norbert Friedman, who survived 11 camps and came to Atlanta after the Holocaust. The exhibit encourages students to use the lessons of the Holocaust to be an upstander, not a bystander.
“I realized that no matter who you are, you should be kind and willing to help anyone,” sixth-grader Riley Light wrote in a reflection after viewing the exhibit.
The Walker Middle School English department used “Never Forget” as a teaching tool for a new Holocaust unit in sixth grade. After exploring the exhibit and answering questions about it, students had a Socratic seminar in which they discussed the questions with their classmates and posed their own.
Students will now read “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl” and historical fiction set during the Holocaust.
“I thought the story was very sad but also interesting to hear what someone had to say about the war and what it was like to be there,” student Ava Rosenberry wrote. “I wish that more people wouldn’t judge someone by their appearance or religion.”