Michelle Martin
The Packet

Two girls – one Jewish and the other German – who met just five days prior, disembark from their bus. Their destination, the U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. Their reason for being there, A Case Study of Human Rights!

Along with their 250 peers and group leaders, they hustle along until they reach the entrance and all that’s held within. They size up all of the artifacts – the boxcar in which the Jews had been crammed on their way to their end. They smell death – the unnecessary death – and listen intently to explanations of the occurrences during the Holocaust. Both girls are affected greatly by what they hear. The other youths show signs of discomfort and disgust when they realize all that the Holocaust entailed. Emotions are running high. Some teens are sobbing. Some just listen in awe and amazement. All are appalled.

The Diary of Anne Frank pops into many minds. Here, they can see with their very own eyes, artifacts from Anne’s time. They remember what they had read and the connection occurs. This non-fiction book that was an integral part of their high school curriculum finally has meaning. Many quiver and look aside, trying not to absorb the horrid details