A First-Hand Holocaust Account For Randolph Fifth Graders

A Holocaust survivor recently shared her experiences with fifth graders in Michael Kennedy’s Ironia School class as part of the students' study of World War II.
Olga Menczer, 92, who grew up in Hungary, visited the Randolph class earlier this month and spoke about her difficult experience, first when the Germans invaded Hungary and she was forced to wear a yellow star on her clothing. She also spoke about being separated from her family and taken in a crowded train car to a concentration camp. She told children that she was given very little to eat or drink. She also spoke about marching with other Jews into Czechoslovakia, where they learned that the the war was over.
Menczer also shared some other experiences in her life with students, including meeting her husband, moving to South America and then later to the United States.
Fifth grader Drew Suskind said he enjoyed Menczer’ visit. “I appreciate that Mrs. Menczer came to my class to talk to us about the Holocaust, even though it is difficult to remember the terrible things that happened,” he said.
Kennedy thanked Menczer for visiting the class. "We study the Holocaust and World War II through historical fiction,” he said. “Having Mrs. Menczer, someone who lived through the atrocities of the Holocaust, made the concept much more personal, emotional and powerful than any book could," he said.

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