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Teens hear of Holocaust from survivors

Original post made on Jun 5, 2012

It was standing room-only in Christopher Chiang's world history class at Mountain View High School as Lenci Farkas recalled her horrific ordeal. The teens listened in silence as the nonegenarian woman told of how she was taken from her home in 1944, shipped first to a Jewish ghetto and then by train "in cars for cattle" off to the infamous Nazi death camp, Auschwitz.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, June 5, 2012, 11:16 AM

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Posted by James
a resident of Whisman Station
on Jun 5, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Jacob Bronowski's "The Acent of Man: Knowledge or Certainty" should be required viewing/reading in Science classes.

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Posted by Mr Lee
a resident of Willowgate
on Jun 5, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Hopefully the teacher can follow up with a survivor of Chairman Mao purge of counterrevolutionaries in the 50s and 60s which took the lives of millions.

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Posted by Old Ben
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jun 6, 2012 at 8:57 am

It would be further edifying if the students now heard from a survivor of the Gaza death camp, in order that they might gain insight into the appalling ironies that abound in human history. The true horror of the Holocaust is that it was in no way unique. This country was founded on a much more successful genocide. I hope that the students are learning about that, as well. The only way to prevent future genocides is to recognize the universal human tendency to demonize the "other."

A study of the Nuremberg trials would be an excellent lesson, given that the USA is now in violation of every one of the Nuremberg protocols.

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Posted by Rene
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Jun 6, 2012 at 9:18 am

The Bosnia and Rwanda genocides should also be given attention.

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Posted by steve
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 7, 2012 at 1:39 pm

@Old Ben: Gaza death camp? Ludicrous doesn't begin to describe such an absurd assertion.

You are diminishing the horror of the Nazi death camps where human hair was gathered from
victims to make bomb fuses and to be woven into fabric, where infants and the invalid were thrown alive into fire pits, where twins were subjected to horrific "medical" experimentation.

Have you ever been anywhere near Gaza, or are you spouting such vicious and ignorant accusations from the comfort and security of your armchair?

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Posted by Jane
a resident of North Whisman
on Jun 7, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Let us not forget the 20 + million Christians executed during the Russian Revolution.
How many died in Armenia, Croatia, Africa holocausts. If we want to educate future generations about mankind's in- humanity, you have to give them the Whole Picture of what people have done to each other, time and time again.

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Posted by Your neighbor
a resident of another community
on Jun 7, 2012 at 3:11 pm

I am so glad we are so passionate about making sure everyone remembers and learns from these human atrocities.

Why must there be a competition among you? I was interested in the story of the women who endured the Holocaust and I would be interested in the stories of these other human tragedies.

Please take a break everyone and recognize that we all need to take responsibility so none of these experiences happen. One is certainly not more important than another, but why must you all minimize the student's experience by suggesting that the class did not hear the whole picture unless the school or teacher presents your particular point of view?

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Posted by Sarah
a resident of another community
on Jun 7, 2012 at 9:54 pm

definition of "nonegenarian," please.

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Posted by Old Ben
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jun 7, 2012 at 10:43 pm

Sarah, I believe you're looking for "nonagenarian", describing "someone in their nineties."

"Your neighbor" speaks wisely.

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