For the 5th year in a row, Sanborn Regional High School will be hosting an all-day presentation for the entire junior class to give them an in-depth study of the Holocaust on Thursday, May 12. The junior year English and history curriculum includes WWII and the novel Night by Elie Wiesel, which chronicles his survival through the Holocaust. The full-day event included a screening of Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List followed by presentations from guest speaker Kati Preston, Holocaust Survivor (see bio below) and a student presentation about their recent experience touring Auschwitz and Poland.
English teacher Evan Czyzowski organizes this event each year with the past help of Tom White of the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College. What is unique about the event this year is that Czyzowski, whose father is from Poland, has just returned from Poland where he led a school trip of 10 student and 2 teachers to better understand this difficult period of history. Students and teachers toured the Jewish Heritage Museum, walked along the old Jewish Ghetto Wall, visited the Warsaw Uprising Museum, went to Oscar Schindler’s Factory, and toured Auschwitz Concentration Camp. Most of the students on the trip were inspired to go to these places based on seeing the Sanborn presentation last year.
Sanborn students will literally interact with history as they listen to and ask questions of Mrs. Preston who experienced and witnessed these very events. The students who attended the trip will present their experiences to the entire Junior class after Mrs. Preston’s presentation.