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A holocaust survivor brought history to life for more than two-dozen Delta High School students during a recent field trip to the Museum of Tolerance located in Los Angeles.

The students, who are studying the World War II era through film, fiction and coursework, found holocaust survivor Amram Deutch’s life story intense. Deutch described to the students how he was
separated from his family members and taken to the death camps.

Teachers Gabrielle Shannon and Lisa Adams said “you could hear a pin drop” as Deutch gave his first-hand account of his harrowing experience in a Nazi prison camp.

“They found a new hero that day,’’ Shannon said. “Every student wanted a picture with him at the end of our time. We hope this experience teaches students to think about their words and actions
and remember that they can take a stand for peace in their own community.’’

The three-hour visit also featured interactive exhibits about social justice issues such as child labor, civil rights, terrorism, genocides and much more.

"What really got me was when we learned about the child abuse and slavery occurring all over the world,’’ said student Linda Lopez. “So many products, even our cell phones, are made with child
labor. The holocaust section of the museum was really interesting. Being able to see the actual clothing and labels they would put on the Jews gave me a better perspective of the things that I have and take for granted. I feel motivated

to continue my education because that will help me get out into the world and make a difference for others."


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