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Remembering Holocaust

By HZhang, Cortland, NY

April 19 is Holocaust Remembrance Day, a “holiday” that we may only acknowledge as we hear a stray news announcement or see in a tweet from UNESCO. We barely breach the surface of the unimaginable horror, and we think of the Holocaust only in passing as a tragedy that happened decades ago and that we were fortunate enough to have been spared from experiencing or witnessing. I was forced to confront the reality of the Holocaust, beyond the facts that I learned in AP US History class, when I attended a local college’s screening of “One Survivor Remembers,” a documentary about Gerda Weissman, a Holocaust survivor who later became an activist against discrimination and prejudice. Her story is not one that should be forgotten in passing.

Gerda was 15 years old on September 1, 1939, the day the German army invaded her hometown in Poland.

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