Bethlehem Middle-Schoolers Honor Holocaust Survivor

June 11, 2012 by  

Eighth grade students at Bethlehem Northeast Middle School get a taste of living history every year, thanks to Julius Jacobs. Now the students have repaid Jacobs with a “Celebration of the Jewish Culture and Holocaust Remembrance Luncheon”.

This year marked the third year that students at the school have held the lunch. Features of the celebration include Jewish food, prepared by students themselves, as well as songs and poems.

Jacobs helps enliven history for the students. The now 86-year-old was only 13-years-old at the start of World War II. He then lived in Lodz, in Poland, with his family. They were soon placed in a work camp. After four years in the camp, he and other members of his family moved to Auschwitz in 1944.

It was not until the 1990s that Jacobs decided he needed to share his experiences with others. He realized then that he needed to let others know the story behind the Holocaust. Hearing someone’s personal experience and seeing an actual survival makes the event seem real in a way that simply reading about in books cannot.

Study of the Holocaust begins for eighth graders in March and continues until the end of the school year. Every subject area, from math to music, participates in some way. Students read Holocaust literature in English classes and design origami butterflies in math class. The butterflies are then sent to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC.

Bethlehem area printing services could have been brought in to help honor Jacobs. A certificate thanking him for his years of service to the students and school would have been a thoughtful was to recognize his contributions.