“I am here to talk to you today about my grandma’s involvement in the Holocaust.”

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“I am here to talk to you today about my grandma’s involvement in the Holocaust during World War II.” Thus Jessica in Year 11 began her account in our Holocaust assembly of how her grandmother, Danka Rembaum, survived as a Polish Jew during the war years. Her testimony is extraordinary. Upon arriving at Auschwitz:

“Grandma joined a long queue of prisoners, waiting to get a number scratched into their forearm, a tattoo. With all the horrors that were already taking place, the significance of this single event did not cross her mind. It was just another step that was necessary to take in order to survive. But these were not the sort of numbers that I could draw on my arm in pen. These were the sort of numbers that are intended to replace your name, permanently. Numbers that separate the empowered from the dehumanised.” (Jessica)

Jessica’s grandma survived the…

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