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  • Pennsauken High School
  • Pennsauken, NJ
  • More than half of students from low‑income households

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My students are ninth graders in an urban district who thought they knew about the Holocaust but are realizing the horrific extent of the event. Their questions have been thoughtful but also very hard to deal with emotionally. They are reacting in ways that demonstrate a mature realization of the horrors and a grappling with issues of faith, hate crimes and the emotional state needed to handle the graphic nature of the Holocaust. During one class, a few of us, including myself, were moved to tears, but the 'real' emotion expressed was a strength not a weakness. Reading these voices of youth from the grave, I hope, will make the connection stronger and lead them to see their butterfly and writing on it for the museum display as a hopeful reminder that such atrocities cannot be forgotten. In doing this project, they will become a positive part of history.

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My students are ninth graders in an urban district who thought they knew about the Holocaust but are realizing the horrific extent of the event. Their questions have been thoughtful but also very hard to deal with emotionally. They are reacting in ways that demonstrate a mature realization of the horrors and a grappling with issues of faith, hate crimes and the emotional state needed to handle the graphic nature of the Holocaust. During one class, a few of us, including myself, were moved to tears, but the 'real' emotion expressed was a strength not a weakness. Reading these voices of youth from the grave, I hope, will make the connection stronger and lead them to see their butterfly and writing on it for the museum display as a hopeful reminder that such atrocities cannot be forgotten. In doing this project, they will become a positive part of history.

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