Holocaust Speaker

    On Thursday, May 2, the sophomore class had the amazing opportunity to hear living history. Michael Herskovitz, spoke about his time during the Holocaust. He told the students who filled the auditorium about his life before, during, and after the Holocaust.
    His father owned a shop, and the Nazis would come in and take whatever they wanted without paying. This lead to his father eventually having to close his store. He told us the story of how his family had to pack everything up and go on a train, while they had no idea what was happening. When they got to their destination, Michael says they separated everyone and that was the last time he saw his brother and mother. His father and he had gone to the showers, where Michael exchanged shirts with a stranger thus losing his father in the rush. That was the last time he held his father’s hand. He talked about the barbed wire fence with thousands of voltage running through it and the horrors of what the Nazis did to everyone. Yet, when asked if he has any hate left, his answer was no. “ Michael has no hate for anyone. He survived three death camps and today, he has no hate” states his wife.“He has trouble with little things sometimes though, for example he can not stand in line in the grocery store.”
    “Hate starts to hurt you and you have to open up, keep smiling, and being nice,” states Michael. His advice is to just be nice to everyone in today’s world so that he can accomplish his goal of spreading peace and why he decides to share his story.  “I want people to know what happened and it shouldn’t happen again because they can hurt innocent people.”Our history is slowly dying, some events we only read about from a textbook or learn about in our classes. One of these events that less and less people can say they lived through is the Holocaust.We are hopefully all aware what horrors must have been endured to have survived this event physically. Even though Michael survived this horrid event physically, he still has emotional scars from his time in three death camps.     This is a piece of history that soon future generations will only have the ability to read about but this year, previous years, and hopefully future years of students will have the ability to see first hand living history.

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