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Remember to Never Forget
Penny Angelo

Students in Dr. Panozzo’s class are preparing to read Night by Elie Wiesel. To provide background on Wiesel’s firsthand account of the Holocaust, students were given an assignment to read biographies from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. They were then tasked with writing brief summaries to highlight the upbringing of an individual, what happened during the rise of the Nazis, that individual’s experience during the Holocaust, and the aftermath. These summaries turned into visual memorials that included an image of a candlestick. If students learned that an individual was killed during the Holocaust, the candlestick remained white, and if the individual survived, their candle was colored yellow. Students engaged in a discussion about the stories of these individuals, the ways in which their stories are told, and the importance of keeping their stories alive. The classes concluded the lesson with a moment of silence and noted that the story they are about to read is just one of millions.

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