DMS Students to Participate in Holocaust Remembrance Days

Dorseyville Middle School eighth graders will participate in Holocaust Remembrance Days on March 20 and 22, 2019. These events are the culmination of the eighth grade Holocaust unit.

On March 20, the entire eighth grade will be attending an assembly with the theme of “The Holocaust: Never Again.” The assembly will enable students to hear what children and adolescents would have experienced during that time. The assembly will feature Holocaust survivor Shulamit Bastacky who was a “hidden child” during the Holocaust and she will share her experiences. Along with the help of eighth-grade language arts teachers, Ms. Bastacky is coordinating a Teddy Bear Drive. In June, the collected bears will be delivered to Family House in Shadyside.

There will also be a number of other speakers during the assembly. A member of the community will be sharing the story of her parents and what they experienced living through the Holocaust as children. Additionally, some of the eighth-grade students will be reading Holocaust poetry and performing dramatic readings. Several eighth-grade teachers will also be discussing the themes of human responsibility and literature through the Holocaust as part of the assembly.

The assembly on March 20 will run from 9 a.m.-12:10 p.m.

The seminars on March 22, with varying topics, are being led by the eighth-grade teachers and the students will be attending seminars for three periods during the day. Seminar topics will include human behavior, artwork and the Holocaust, Holocaust documentaries, and the history of the Holocaust. Following the seminar, Holocaust Survivor Judah Samet will be speaking to the entire eighth-grade. Mr. Samet is a member of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill and missed the tragedy on October 27, 2018, by minutes. He was also recently invited to the State of the Union Address by President Trump because of this experience.

The seminar sessions on March 22 will be held from 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. Mr. Samet will be speaking in the auditorium from 10:10-11:20 a.m.