The Anson County Schools Academically and/or Intellectually Gifted (AIG) department hosted a holocaust field trip for sixth-grade AIG/Nurture students at Wadesboro Primary School on March 29.
The field trip was fully funded using a Target Field Trip Grant. Students watched a one-woman theatrical play by Susan Stein titled, “Etty.”
The play follows Esther “Etty” Hillesum as she faces deportation to the concentration camp, Auschwitz.
“Etty’s words, insights, and beliefs reach out from the Holocaust, and allow us to see the power of hope and individual thought in the most extreme circumstances,” Stein writes.
Following the play, Stein conducted dramatic workshops where students analyzed diary entries by holocaust sufferers, created vocal choruses, and discussed the play in length.
Students were also able to view informational boards provided by the North Carolina Council on the Holocaust, an agency of the N.C. Department of Public Instruction. Students viewed the “Kindertransport Journey” boards and the “Diaries of Children” suitcase.
The Kindertransport was a rescue effort that took Jewish children out of Nazi Germany into safety all around Europe. The pictures and information shared on these boards helped students see the urgency many Jewish families faced during World War II as they tried to save their children from certain death. The Diaries of Children suitcase featured the book “Salvaged Pages; I Never Saw Another Butterfly” and artifacts related to Jewish survivors.
“The AIG Department is appreciative of Wadesboro Primary School for hosting this wonderful event,” the school said in a release. “The sixth-grade AIG students learned a lot from this experience and will hopefully use the information learned throughout our study of the Holocaust and the “Etty” field trip to help make the world a kinder and better place without bias.”