PDS marked Holocaust Remembrance Day last week with an assembly planned and led by the students of the Genocide central studies elective with the help of their teachers Bernadette Condessa and librarian Sarah Feldman.
This assembly, Life after the Holocaust – part of a PDS Equity and Justice series – came eight days after Yom Hashoah and one day after the Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day (Եղեռնի զոհերի հիշատակի օր).
We were honored by the presence of distinguished guests. The three panelist were Rabbi Daniel Polish of Congregation Shir Chadash, in Poughkeepsie, Michael Silberstein – a survivor of Auschwitz, and Norbert Kamlot – a survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto. Their presentation was followed by a question and answer session and the contributions of members of the local Armenian community including Armine Isbirian.
The program included music, poetry and a documentary film by PDS students examining genocide that included interviews with a Holocaust survivor and a survivor from Rwanda.
We were delighted to be joined by over ninety students and teachers from Spackenkill High School.