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Indian Mills Memorial School welcomes Holocaust survivor

On May 3, 2013, Indian Mills Memorial School’s seventh grade language arts classes under Mrs. Michele Montrose welcomed Mr. Charles Middleburg to speak about the Holocaust for the third straight year. Mr. Middleburg was a nine year old living in Paris, France with his parents and younger brother when the Nazis arrived in 1940. He was accompanied to IMMS by Ms. Lynne Shapiro of the Goodwin Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

Mr. Middleburg’s story was a moving tribute to his family, friends, and all those who were brutalized by Hitler’s demonic plan to eliminate the Jewish race and religion from the face of the earth. His mother and father were interned in Auschwitz, Poland in 1942. His mother died there, but his father miraculously survived the ordeal.

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Mr. Middleburg’s presentation left the students of Indian Mills Memorial School spellbound for over an hour. His story of survival and the reunion with his father is forever etched in their minds. He gave them something that can never be taken away: an eyewitness account of one of the darkest periods in the history of our world. It is a story that they had read about and heard in lecture, but never from a true primary source. After he finished answering question for more than 30 minutes, a wave of students gathered around him, offering hugs, and sharing tears. It was as moving a sight as one could imagine.

In appreciation of the commitment to education and teaching the Holocaust to our students, the Indian Mills Home and School Association presented a donation to the Goodwin Holocaust Museum & Education Center.


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