DMS Students to Participate in Holocaust Seminars/Assembly

Dorseyville Middle School eighth graders will participate in Holocaust seminars and an assembly at the school March 7 and 9, 2018. The seminars and assembly are the culmination of the eighth-grade Holocaust unit. The seminars on March 7, with varying topics, are being led by the eighth-grade teachers and the students will be attending seminars for three periods during the day. Seminar topics will include human behavior, artwork and the Holocaust, Holocaust documentaries, and the history of the Holocaust.

On March 9, the entire eighth-grade student body will be attending an assembly with the theme of “Children of the Holocaust.” The assembly will enable the students to hear what children and adolescents would have experienced during that time. The assembly will feature Holocaust survivor Shulamit Bastacky who was a “hidden child” during the Holocaust who will share her experiences. Along with the help of the eighth-grade language arts teachers, Ms. Bastacky is also coordinating a charity teddy bear drive. She has asked that students bring in teddy bears which she will then donate to sick children, shelters, and hospitals. She has requested that DMS research and choose where these donations will go. Additionally, members of the community may donate teddy bears by dropping them off in the Dorseyville Middle School office Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-12 noon.

There will also be a number of other speakers during the assembly. A member of the community will be sharing the story of her parents and what they experienced going through the Holocaust as children. A professor from the University of Pittsburgh will also discuss why it is important for future generations to study the Holocaust. Additionally, some of the eighth-grade students will be reading Holocaust poetry and performing dramatic readings. Several eighth-grade teachers will also be discussing the themes of human responsibility and literature through the Holocaust as part of the assembly.