Grant allows Holocaust survivor to visit local school

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A school in Middlebury is about to learn more about the Holocaust when they welcome a survivor to their school, all because of Martin's Super Markets' One School at a Time grant

The Holocaust is a difficult and often disturbing subject to teach, but kids at a school in Middlebury learned from a true story, written by an inspirational author.

Young readers at Northridge Middle School are taking on a tough subject.

Surviving the Angel of Death is the true story of a young girl and her twin sister at a World War II concentration camp. She and her sister had to survive in one of the barracks and they were tested on and experimented on by a doctor.

The author, Eva Mozes Kor is still living.

“I think it would be really cool to meet someone who survived something like this,” said Alexis Davis, 7th Grader at Northridge Middle School.

Soon the kids will get to do just that, when Kor visits their school in April. The One School at a Time Grant money will help make the trip possible.

"I just feel it’s so important to have her come and actually meet with our students. For them to hear her story,” said Teri Schmidt, a Librarian at Northridge Middle School.

“People don't know what really happened, unless you spend time with it. But I really respect people that have to go through that,” said Shelby Bontrager, a 7th Grader.

The children are aware of the fact that there are fewer survivors left.

“Sooner or later nobody who survived will be alive anymore. It will be really nice if we get to meet as many people as we can who survived,” said

Not only did she survive, she lived to share an important lesson.

“Through everything that she suffered, she was able to forgive. Because of this forgiveness she feels she is able to go on with her life,” said Schmidt.

And inspire young children with her story.

“It will be really good to actually meet someone who survived such a horrible time in history,” said 6th grader Regan Martin.

Eva Mozes Kor started a museum in Terra Haute, called CANDLES. We have a link to the museum website below,

Her visit to Middlebury is planned for April of 2013.

You can nominate your school for a One School at a Time" grant. The winning school gets $1,000 from Martin's Super Market. A new winner is picked each month.

Schools only need to apply once by going to Michianaschools.com.


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