Man Who Fled Nazi Germany Speaks to Superior Middle School Students

Ryan Juntti
Updated: March 06, 2018 11:16 PM

SUPERIOR - Students at Superior Middle School had a unique opportunity on Tuesday afternoon to hear from a man who fled from Nazi Germany.

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"It's just a great opportunity to be able to hear somebody like him come in and talk to us, and I think anything he has to offer is good enough for me," said Natalie Sandor, an 8th grader at Superior Middle School. 

Fred Amram was born in Nazi Germany in 1933. He ended up fleeing with his parents to New York in 1939. He shared powerful pictures and stories about what life was like in the 1930's.

He recalled a story where one day he went to a local park and saw a sign on one of the benches that translated to, "only for Jews." A year after that, he said Jews couldn't use the park at all.

There was other discrimination going on at this time against Jews as well, according to Amram. He says Jews were not able to go to school, use the trolley cars, or go to shops.     

Amram says he believes if people would have protested against the government at this time, there would have been change because he says the government couldn't have done anything about it.

"There's more people than there are government officials," said Amram.

Five years later, the death camps were formed. Amram's cousin, Aaltja was one of 6,000,000 people murdered.

Amram says he believes genocide like the Holocaust starts with small acts like bullying, which is why he said he wanted to talk to the students on Tuesday afternoon.

"I want the next generation to be active, I want them to respond to problems, and to be upstanders rather than bystanders. I want them to be change agents," said Amram.

Sandor says she will never understand what people in the Holocaust went through, but believes people can learn from it.

"A lot of people want to forget about (the Holocaust), but if we forget about it, we'll never be able to learn from our mistakes, so it's important that we learn about it from people like Fred," said Sandor.

There has been a lot of debate about removing landmark American historical monuments. Amram says if we try to change American history, we will forget that we had slavery, and forget the culture of the Native people. 

"If we do away with the statues, if we do away with the memory, we lose history," said Amram. "History is best taught with stories," he said.

Amram wants to make sure the students don't forget about the Holocaust by painting a visual picture.

"If I can get the students to sort of feel 'I was there', and if I can get them to say, 'wow, that hurts' they'll have the memory,' " said Amram.


Ryan Juntti

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