Remembering the Holocaust

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Chris Billingsley

Commemorating the ones lost in the Holocaust

On Tuesday, March 27, social studies students went to visit the The William Breman Jewish Heritage & Holocaust Museum in downtown Atlanta. The group consisted of 50 students from the classes of U.S. History teachers Geoffrey Koski, John Sommer and Chris Billingsley.

The Breman Museum aims to preserve Jewish culture and history. In doing so, the museum hopes to keep Jewish history alive, especially when it comes to the events of the Holocaust. Students toured the exhibit leaving with more than they expected. “It’s a real eye opener. Every day we take for granted what we have and their stories have helped me to appreciate it more,” junior Ky-nam Nguyen said.

For some students, the museum turned out to be a life-changing experience as they remembered the great tragedy the Holocaust brought to the Jews and their population. “It’s the kind of situation that you just can not allow to repeat itself, and the Jews have risen up because of it. They have become some of the richest people in the world. To see them bounce back from such tragedy is amazing and mind blowing,” junior Ayanna Holt said.

Not only did students get to tour the museum, but they also got to speak to actual Holocaust survivors Murray Lynn and Henry Brinbrey. “I was touched by the things they went through. What they went through no one should have to go through and the fact that they share their story is appalling,” junior Chelsie Allen said.

Upon leaving the museum Billingsley addressed the students. “This is going to be my last field trip, and I hope you got something out of this.”

After leaving the museum, the group went out to lunch at the Varsity and then left to visit a Holocaust memorial at Oakland Cemetery. They held a small memorial. Students said a few words, recited a pledge, lit candles, and placed stones upon the memorial. This long time Jewish tradition symbolizes the permanence of the Jewish race.

Each student exited the memorial, signing the pledge, agreeing to keep knowledge of the Holocaust alive and to uphold values to prevent another event like the Holocaust from happening again. As the last line in the pledge says, “We are here to pledge ‘Never Forget.’”