Holocaust Speaker visits Suffield
As part of their Holocaust unit, freshmen in Foundations of Modern History classes heard from a camp survivor on February 15.
Ruth Weiner fled Nazi occupied Austria in 1939 and arrived in Hartford, Connecticut, by way of Texas. Now living in Bloomfield with her husband and having lost her own family members to the Holocaust, Ruth provides talks to ensure its history is not forgotten. “These are some terrible people and memories we are talking about of course, but let’s not forget about all the beautiful lives we lost,” she commented. In a “fish bowl” setting with chairs configured in a circle, Ruth provided an engaging presentation with personal photos and opened the dialogue to questions.
Freshmen history teacher Beth Krasemann P’19, ’21 noted, “Ruth came recommended by the Holocaust Education Resource and Outreach Center or HERO Center, a joint initiative between Voices of Hope and the Maurice Greenberg Center at the University of Hartford. She was a fantastic speaker and related well to our students.”
Reagan Russell ’21 commented, “Ms. Ruth Weiner gave us a vivid glimpse as to what life was like during the Holocaust as a child. Although we have spent a lot of time in class studying the effects it had on people (especially children), hearing stories through the lens of someone who lived it gives us deeper insight to the extreme anti-Semitism and racism Jews and other minority groups faced. She is a survivor who resisted assimilation and remained loyal to her culture and faith, and speaks today to ensure history of this magnitude will never repeat itself.”