Holocaust Education Week- Special Guest Speaker at Brownridge

2 Nov
The week of November 1 – 8, 2018 marks the 38th annual Holocaust Education Week. This year’s focus is entitled ILLUMINATING THE SHADOWS: Untold Stories of the Holocaust, which sheds light on untold stories, new research, and marginalized histories of the Holocaust.

Brownridge Public School is proud to be hosting a Holocaust Survivor Speaker. On Friday, November 9th at 11:00 a.m., students in grades 6- 8 will have the opportunity to hear our guest speaker Mr. Gershon Willinger. Parents and Guardians, if you are interested in attending the presentation, please RSVP HERE.

Gershon Willinger was born in Holland, in 1942.  His experience in the Holocaust is a very different story because he was a very young boy who was unaware of his environment, and did not know what to do. Guido and Edith, his parents, were German Jews. They were both murdered in 1943, in a Polish concentration camp called Sobibor.  His parents gave him to a friend in Holland who was a farmer.  Gershon was taken by the Nazis and placed in a children’s home in Westerberg, Germany.  He was then taken with a group a children originally headed to Auschwitz concentration camp, but they were rerouted to  Bergen-Belsen.  Gershon and 48 other children were then moved to the Theresienstadt concentration  camp.  He was liberated by the USSR and remembers one of the soldiers hugging him and giving him candy.  Gershon is currently 73 years old and lives in Toronto with his wife.

Holocaust Education Week brings generations of communities together who share a commitment to learning and explores different national, generational and cultural narratives of the Holocaust and its aftermath.