from the Pine Journal In Cloquet, Minnesota

Our Neighbors…. Nathan Johnson
The Holocaust will not be forgotten by this Esko graduate
Wendy Johnson
The Pine Journal
Last Updated: Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006 01:17:34 PM


“The door of Hell has been opened – and we looked in.â€?
That was what teacher Nathan Johnson scratched in his journal one day during his recent five-day visit to Washington, D.C., where he met with survivors of the Holocaust.
“That’s what it felt like,â€? he reflected, “because we were seeing these people who have walked through experiences that can’t otherwise be described and they were sharing them with us.â€?
Johnson was one of six teachers selected from throughout the United States by the Holland and Knight Charitable Foundation to visit Washington, D.C., meet with Holocaust survivors and study the event that literally changed the world and all who are in it….
Johnson was born in Esko and still lives there yet today. He graduated from Esko High School in 1991 and then went to the University of Wisconsin-Superior.
“At first, I decided I was going to be a teacher, but that changed,â€? he admitted. “I was in pre-law for a while, and then political science for a while. I was all over the place. I had taken all my general eds and didn’t want to drop out of school, so I decided to take classes I thought were interesting and that I would enjoy. I ended up with five history classes and a speech class!â€?   MORE.