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Holocaust survivor and author Margot Friedlander visits German School

For one and a half hours on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 German School students from grades 9 through 12 listened transfixed as Margot Friedlander, 92, author and Holocaust survivor, read from her book, “Try to Make Your Life” (2014), a memoir of her experiences under National Socialism. The title of the book refers to her mother’s injunction before she was arrested by the Gestapo and killed in a concentration camp. “Versuche, dein Leben zu machen.” She speaks to adults and young people partially to fulfill her mother’s wish, so that the horrific events of Nazi Germany are neither forgotten nor repeated. One DSW student’s comment at the end of Friedlander’s visit showed that her book and visit had major impact: “Her reading and comments were so powerful; I’m so glad I had a chance to hear her speak.”

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