Seven Suffield students enrolled in Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Behavior joined Mrs. Krasemann on a trip to New York City on January 16. There they viewed the Auschwitz Exhibit at the Museum of Jewish Heritage and visited the 9/11 Memorial. After four months studying the subject the group chose to forgo an official tour and instead used the time to dive deep into topics of personal and individual interest.
From Bronx, New York, Annie Daramola ’20 is familiar with the area and general vicinity but had never before visited either location. She commented, “I thought I knew what to expect after studying these subjects in class but in person it was raw and real. The best way of explaining it is to say I felt numb. I wondered if I could survive that. I was filled with disgust and empathy but mostly sympathy. It was right then that the impact of separated families really got to me. We saw real testimonies about the living conditions from fresh minds and not books. It was a deeply moving experience.”
Mrs. Krasemann added, “Honestly, these students could lead their own tour, and this trip only solidified how much they already knew about the Holocaust and how much they still have yet to learn. As I tell our students, the more I learn about this topic myself, the more questions I have. We spent the next day in class debriefing with each other all the new things we discovered. It was a great teaching moment and learning opportunity for all of us.”
A group of students and faculty will visit the Emanuel Synagogue in West Hartford on Sunday, January 26 to recognize the 10th Annual International Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz.