Students at Clark-Shaw Magnet School of Science, Math, and Technology have been actively participating in units of study in social studies and language arts classes that include Holocaust education.
These lessons have been made relevant to students in many ways including their participation in the Gulf Coast Holocaust Center’s Annual Art and Writing Competition. Multiple students won awards based on their submissions.
Clark-Shaw Magnet School invited Holocaust survivor Allan Hall to share his story of perseverance, survival, and inspiration with students. Mr. Hall was born in Cracow, Poland. He and his family fled from German invasion twice. Hall was taken into a pogrom of children, placed in an orphanage in the Warsaw ghetto, survived the Warsaw Polish uprising, was saved from a train to Treblinka, hid for two years in a Nazi headquarters building, and walked across Europe after liberation. He currently lives in Miami, Florida.
Mr. Hall commended the leadership of Clark-Shaw for making the connection between Holocaust studies and current events that attempt to instill fear into people’s lives. As a gift to the school, he gave every student, teacher and parent a free download of his book “Hiding in Plain Sight: Allan J. Hall’s Memoir of Surviving the Holocaust.”
The following Clark-Shaw students were recognized in the Holocaust Art and Writing Contest:
- First Place: Gabbie Welsch, “Reality.”
- Second Place: Charity King, “Survivor 982100.”
- Honorable Mention: Mal Bryan, “Tragedy;” Kayleigh Freeman, “Arbeit Macht Frei;” Alysia Martin, “Sorrow;” Marion Office, “Elie Wiesel: Peace is our gift to each other;” Anastasia Overton, “Angel of Mercy;” T’Onqay Washington, “Life of a Jew.”