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The Holocaust: Learning and Reflecting

Holocaust survivor, Fred Gross, speaks at BGHS.

“A Night to Remember… Lest we forget.” LEAD Academy (Freshman) students at BGHS are learning about the Holocaust through art, literature, and personal stories. Fred Gross, author of One Step Ahead of Hitler (pictured above) visited Bowling Green High School Monday and Tuesday, January 30 and 31. He shared personal experiences as a young child fleeing France during its defeat and collaboration with the Nazis.

Gross and his family were fleeing during a time the Nazis were rounding up more than 75,000 Jews for deportation to the death camps. He was three years old when they first left their home, arrived in Switzerland when he was six, and he arrived in America when he was nine. His message to students is to make a difference in their own lives, and stand up for peace and justice.

Artist John McCarthy works with students at BGHS.The LEAD Academy students are also sharing what they have learned about the Holocaust through art. John McCarthy of the Kentucky Center for the Arts (pictured right) visited with students Monday and Tuesday, January 23 and 24, to encourage and assist students creating collages representing what they knew about the Holocaust. McCarthy returned on January 30 and 31 during the author visit. Activities will conclude on March 7, with a Gallery Night, “A Night to Remember… Lest we Forget,” featuring a display of the artwork, student performances and guest speaker.

For more information, contact Natasha Fatkin, BGHS LEAD Academy teacher, natasha.fatkin@bgreen.kyschools.us.

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