Students visit Holocaust Memorial
On the last day before spring break, Friday, March 2, five sociology students and instructor Lori Hale traveled to the outer suburbs of Detroit to attend a performance of “The Diary of Anne Frank” and tour the Holocaust Memorial Center.
The play, which was put on by the Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company in West Bloomfield, told the story of the Jewish diarist and her experience with the holocaust.
Adrianna Bozzo attended the field trip, which lasted from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., for extra credit.
“(The play) helped you empathize with Anne and her family to see their story brought to life,” Bozzo said. “It’s crazy how things were back then.”
After the play, the group traveled to nearby Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills. There, the group was able to listen to Rene Lichtman, a survivor, tell his story of hiding with a French family in order to survive.
Afterwards, the group toured the center with museum docent Deborah Tyner. The museum covers the story of before, during and after Hitler’s rise to power.
“This hatred didn’t start from the top, it started from the bottom,” Tyner explained. “They indoctrinated people.”
Bozzo talked about what she thought of the museum.
“It’s hard to think that so many people just accepted what the Nazis told them,” Bozzo said.
The museum tells the story of how the Third Reich sought to eliminate the Jewish people and others that were deemed undesirable.
“Just by surviving, the Jewish people resisted,” Tyner said.
Hale will be teaching a Sociology 120 course during the summer semester that is open for enrollment.
For more information on the museum and how to visit it, go to https://www.holocaustcenter.org/home