Legacies: High School Visits is the only program of its kind in New England. A cohort of 9th-12th graders learn about the Holocaust by meeting with a survivor three times over the course of the year and creating a meaningful project together.
Max and Ben were inspired to write an essay after meeting with Aron, an Auschwitz survivor. The following is an excerpt from their thought-provoking and empathetic piece.
This is the story of an amazing man whose perseverance willed him to survive tougher times than anyone could imagine. Aron was born in July of 1926 in the country of Poland. Aron, who was born in Dukla, lived with his parents and was one of nine children. When he was two and a half years old, he and his family moved to Szczakowa. Growing up he enjoyed school as he lived walking distance from a Polish public school. Due to the fact that he was Jewish, Aron wore payas, which made him a victim of bullying. One time when he wore his yamaka to school, his peers took notice and picked on Aron, just because of what he was wearing on his head.