Holocaust Museum comes to Amador

Lindsay Gewirtz, Staff Writer

    On Tuesday, March 2nd, the Honors World History classes here at Amador got to walk through paintings depicting the stages of the Holocaust. The class is currently in the World War 2 unit and this was a special event that allowed students to learn outside of the classroom, allowing students to view history in a different and interesting way.

    “I feel like being able to understand how other people have dealt with confronting horrible acts in our own history is so important for us to realize how we need to behave as global citizens today. I think so much of that is about having compassion for other people. I was excited because getting out of the classroom, it’s just different,” said Delise Anderson, AV history teacher.

    The exhibit consisted of artist renditions of pictures taken during the Holocaust. Students were given a snapshot into history that is not usually found on a normal school day, giving them further insight into the subject.

    “I thought it was a really good opportunity to learn about the Holocaust through actual photographs that were taken during that time period and watching videos from testimonies of actual Holocaust survivors,” said Megan Tandean (‘22).

    Students believed that it was a very powerful learning experience, and enjoyed being able to look at pictures rather than just learning in a classroom setting.

    “I really enjoyed the museum. I thought it was a really great learning experience because we really got to observe behind the scenes. I feel like I learned a lot of valuable information just by looking at the pictures because a picture tells a thousand words,” said Bani Kaur (‘22).

    The museum offered up an interesting perspective into history that can’t fully be portrayed simply in the classroom.

    “I think it was a very telling experience because it showed us a side of the Holocaust that we don’t usually see and that’s the lives that were taken and how they were reacting, especially through the children’s perspective,” said Talya Perelli-Minetti (‘22).

    Students took advantage of the opportunity, knowing that a lot could be taken away. A lot can be learned by walking through the lives of others.

    “I thought it was great. My classes were the first ones to go through so I didn’t know what to expect, but I thought it was great. For me, the part that was the most meaningful was hearing people’s reflections of dropping into understanding what a person from this painting would have been thinking, feeling, and experiencing,” said Anderson.