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Friday, June 16, 2006
Students hear stories of Holocaust
Survivors talk at Pawling Middle School

By Michael Woyton
Poughkeepsie Journal

PAWLING — Eighth-graders Ariana Muscente and Katherine Boeglin have studied the Holocaust.

They have read about Anne Frank, and their class visited the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.

Before Thursday, the Holocaust, when 6 million Jews lost their lives at the hands of the Nazis, was only words in a book or pictures on a wall.

Holocaust survivors Helen and Kuba Beck came to Pawling Middle School Thursday to speak to the eighth-grade class. The City of Poughkeepsie residents recounted their experiences as Jews in occupied Poland during the dark days of World War II.

“It was different to actually hear from someone who went through it,” Boeglin, 13, said. “It was a lot more powerful.”

Kuba Beck, now 83 and retired from IBM, was 17 and living in Krakow, Poland, when the war broke out.