Holocaust Survivor Shares Experience with Students on Anne Frank's Birthday

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Sometimes students studying history have trouble connecting with their subject.

But after studying the Holocaust this year, eighth grade students at Northfield Community School had a very special visitor stop by to educate them on the genocide to honor and remember one of the many lives lost.

“The eighth graders in Northfield Community School have read the Diary of Anne Frank and they wanted to meet a Holocaust survivor," said Gail Hirsch Rosenthal, director of the Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center at Stockton University. "They wanted to be able to ask some questions.”

My sister and I were given away to strangers to be hidden.

What better day to honor and remember Frank then on June 12th.

“Today is Anne Frank’s birthday, June 12th," said Rosenthal. "She was born in 1929. Today would’ve been her 89th birthday.” 

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Officials with the Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center brought the Holocaust survivor to the Northfield Community School to share her experiences with the students.

“Maud was a Hidden Child," said Rosenthal. "She lived in Amserfoort, Netherlands, which is only about a half hour from Amsterdam where Anne Frank was hidden. And of course Maud’s story is different because she survived.” 

“My sister and I were given away to strangers to be hidden," said Maud Dahme, a Holocaust survivor. "We lived with two different families [and] were hidden for three years [from] 1942-1945.” 

Now in her 80s, Dahme resides in Flemington and is moved to tell her story to a younger generation.

“I think it’s important for students to listen to survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides because they have not experienced it — especially with the Holocaust," said Dahme. "I mean we’re getting older too so we won’t be around much longer.

"But, it’s important to share our stories of what happened to us and bring it to life, in a sense.” 

“In this day and age, I think tolerance is such an important message to teach," said Lisa Carlton, an eighth grade teacher at Northfield Community School. "And understanding people’s stories and how to make the world a better, more peaceful place is part of our bigger purpose here.” 

Educating students on the past to better them for the future.

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