On Friday January 29th, the 11th Grade Honors World Cultures Class and the AP US History class, along with their teachers Mr. Robert Barnett, Mr. Bruce Gordon, and Ms. Licia Olivetti, participated in a Zoom meeting with Holocaust survivor Ben Lesser. Students heard Mr. Lesser’s story of how his family left his family house for the Ghettos in Poland and how they escaped to Hungary. They also heard about the concentration camps he was taken to, in Auschwitz and Buchenwald, before being liberated in Dachau.
“Being given the opportunity to have Mr. Ben Lesser share his story about what it was like trying to hide from the Nazi was a once in a lifetime experience,” stated senior Alyvia Schaivone. “It was extremely fascinating hearing every minuscule detail that Mr. Lesser was able to retain from his memory from something that happened so long ago. Him having that ability simply shows how disturbing of a situation it was and how greatly it impacted his life onward. Going through something like that first hand like he did definitely puts life into a whole different perspective. I never imagined that I would be given the chance to video call with someone who went through something like he did, but I am extremely grateful I was given the opportunity.”