‘Unsung heroes’

‘Unsung heroes’

It was wonderful to see the article about the College of St. Elizabeth’s visit to our “From Memory to History” exhibition on the Aidekman campus in Whippany (“Students take closer look at memory and history,” April 3). This is the 10th time the exhibit has been mounted, each time with a smaller “exhibit within the exhibit” addressing various facets of the Holocaust. This year we are exploring “Unsung Heroes,” people whose stories are not widely known but who saved thousands of Jews, often at risk to their own lives.

Dr. Harriet Sepinwall of CSE never fails to bring her students to the exhibit, which attracts numerous and diverse school and synagogue groups. Last week we had the privilege of hosting students with disabilities from Regional School Union Campus in Scotch Plains. They, their teachers, and “shadows” (aides) arrived in three school buses. The visitors wrote to tell us how much they appreciated
being here. It was a most meaningful experience for them, as well as for our trained docents, who escorted them through the exhibit.

“From Memory to History” — which will be on display through May 5 — remains an excellent teaching tool that personalizes the Holocaust and makes it memorable for viewers. It also serves as a lasting tribute to its subjects: survivors and other eyewitnesses.

Barbara Wind
Director, Holocaust Council of Greater MetroWest

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