On Monday, December 29th, students in Mrs. Reichardt's Holocaust Studies class were privileged to hear a talk by Mrs. Rosa Sirota, a Holocaust survivor and noted educator. Mrs. Sirota was born in Lvov, Poland, and her story is one which our students found most inspiring. She spent one class period detailing her experiences with students and another for a Q and A, which both she and the students enjoyed tremendously. Although Rosa says that she takes no credit for being "smart" in order to ensure her survival, and attributes it to luck, one student had a different view which he shared in his thank you letter to Rosa: "To be honest, I don't believe in luck, but I do believe in Hashem and I saw Him at every twist and turn of your story. It showed me how He truly does get involved in our day to day lives, so for sharing that with me, I must thank you as well. Your story taught me so much about courage and how it's not about the absence of fear but the strength to overcome it."
This day is yet another example of how we strive to personalize the Holocaust for students at TABC.