Last year, I went to speak to students in special education about the Holocaust.  The teachers were kind enough to ask the students to write to me and to put all their letters in a little booklet they sent me. 

Here is what they wrote me:

Letter number 1 

Dear Mr. Friedman

Thank you for taking the time to talk to tell us about your life story.  one thing that you said that made me hink was when you said that a Polish man saved your mother’s life.   Your story reminded me of one of my books called “Hannah’s Suitcase”.  Hannah’s Suitcase is a sad story but her brother survived.  It’s a true story and Hannah’s Brother is still alive and well.

P.S. The paper crane is for you.  I made it myself.

Letter Number 2

Dear Mr. Friedman, I appreciate you coming to our class and talking about the Holocaust.  One thing I thought was incredible was where the Nazi soldier offered the gir a piece of candy and she reached for it and he shot her.  That was so mindblowing. it will have a big impact on my life.  I didnn’t know a person could kill another person especially a baby in cold blood like that.  I think that were you said how the 1st world war there different parts of the world came to help the other pats of the world which makes me think that the world is sort of like one big family and family is always there for you.

Thanks

Letter Number 3 

Mr. Friedman

thank you for taking the time to teach me about types of bulling and teaching me that the world was a bad place back then and saying that were luckey to have a life like this.

So thank you.

Letter Number 4

Hi! Mr. Friedman

Thank you for taking the time out of your day and coming to talk to us  I appreciate your visit too!

One thing that you said that made me think is what if that man didn’t stand up and save you mother?  If he didn’t what would’ve happened?  Would you mother still be alive?  Thanks to that man you mother stayed alive and gave birth to you and even if it ha been so many years, you were able to tell us more about the Holocaust, thank you so much for telling us more!

Letter Number 5

Dear Mr. Freedman,

Thanks for coing to our class.  I really enjoyed your company.  Thanks for telling us abou the Holocaust as well as you personal history.  I really appreciated you visit and I hope you keep visiting classrooms so people can know the truth.

Letter Number 6

to Mr. friedman

Thank you for coming.  You tell great stories.  I liked your blue clohing.  you don’t look your age.  you’re a good story teller.  I liked it when you told us abour your mother’s stor on the train.

Letter Number 7

Dear mr. friedman

Thank you for taking he time to talk to use about the Holocaust.  Your life your mon’s and Dad’s days in the Holocaust and how they lived through it and how it ffected you life and family’s life.

Letter Number 8

Dear Mr. Friedman

Thank you for taking time out of your day to come to our class.  We appreciate your visit.

When you spoke about your mother on the train and the man was going to take her away and the other man said something, thats showing that one person can make a differens in someone elses live.

Thanks.

Letter Number 9

Dear Mr. Friedman,

I appreciate you taking time to come to our class to speak about your experiences.  One thing that stuck with me is that interview with Hitler you told us about.  What he said about getting power over someting when everyone hates it, was shocking.   The number of people he killed was devastating.  The stereotype activity we did was fun though.

Thanks for stopping by!

Letter Number 10

Thanks for your presentation, I really enjoyed it.  It was straightforward, and I appreciatd that.  My favourite part of your presentation was the thole thing actually.  You gave me even more spirit to let me continue what I do, which is to hel pt to stnd up for others and do what I think is right.  Your whole family are fighters and that was what I found was the most interesting.  The part on stereotyping was really ture and we were mostly being biased.  I will forever keep your words.  Thank you once again.

Teachers’ Letter

Dear Mr. Friedman,

Thank you for taking the time to come to our class.  The telling of your story not only keeps alive the memory of the millions of people who were murdered, but also facilitates the understanding of the events that led up to the Holocaust.

This is history that needs to be told.  From you talk, we can clearly see where hate and prejudice lead.  We also understand the power of the individual to mke a difference.  These are crucial messages for everyone.  Awareness of our own prejudices and stereotypes helps us make better choices.

Thank you for you kindness.  We hope you’ll come back.