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WFISD Holocaust Remembrance week

Updated: Jan. 27, 2020 at 6:51 PM CST
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WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - It’s Holocaust Remembrance Week in Texas and International Holocaust Remembrance Day around the world and on Monday, some of those stories were shared with Wichita Fall ISD students.

January 27 marks the liberation of Auschwitz, the largest Nazi death camp. On this day, 75 years later, Hirschi and Wichita Falls High School students received a lesson they won’t soon forget.

An actress told the story of Anne Frank through the eyes of her best friend.

“I knew about her family members, but I didn’t know much about her experience, and I knew about the diary, so this will stick with me,” Senior High School student Victoria Davidchuk said.

That’s why social studies teacher John Rockney decided to bring them out.

“Lecturing about a Holocaust from a Powerpoint, giving facts a numbers and dates, it would have been a lot more noise and confusion," Rockney said. "But her putting it into the perspective of a person that you can identify with was really powerful. And I was really proud of our students.”

Actress Elgin Perry is from Living Voices, an educational theatre company that gives life to historical stories.

As Holocaust survivors grow older, Perry said it’s getting more important to tell their stories so that they won’t be forgotten.

“It’s up to these young people to take these stories forward because there is not going to be anyone left that experienced it," Perry said. “So that when a political party comes to power and decides that they like this group of people, they remember that this is what happen last time this happened.”

“One thing that I find fascinating and kind of humorous at the same," David Chuk said. “The class clowns every school has them at the beginning they didn’t care very much at the end. They were in awe. You know they were clapping and like whoa.”

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