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DMS Students to Participate in Virtual Holocaust Remembrance Days

Dorseyville Middle School (DMS) eighth-graders will participate in virtual Holocaust Remembrance Days on April 21 and 22, 2020. These events are part of the eighth-grade cross-curricular Holocaust unit that the students study each year.

On April 21 at noon, students will have the opportunity to take part in a digital experience offered by the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh. The virtual event will commemorate the lives lost and impacted by the Holocaust. This year’s digital program marks 75 years since the end of the Holocaust, and will honor local heroes and their families.

On April 22, the entire eighth-grade student body will experience a virtual assembly with the theme of, “The Holocaust: Never Again.” The assembly will enable students to learn about what children and adolescents would have experienced during that time.

The assembly will feature:

  • A 100-minute name reading vigil video created by DMS teachers, in conjunction with Together We Remember and LIGHT Education Initiative;
  • DMS student and teacher dramatic readings (students and teachers have shared videos of themselves reading from home);
  • A presentation by Debbie Stueber, who will share the story of her parents and what they experienced living through the Holocaust as children; and
  • Judah Samet’s Holocaust presentation from last year’s DMS Holocaust remembrance assembly. Samet is a member of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill and missed the tragedy on October 27, 2018, by minutes.

The DMS events are co-sponsored by Together We Remember and LIGHT Education Initiative. Together We Remember is a national series of events in museums, schools, and communities across America dedicated to remembering the Holocaust and transforming remembrance into action. LIGHT Education Initiative is a nonprofit education program designed to inspire, prepare, and empower students.