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Journals - Holocaust Memorial Day (Yom Hashoah) 

The Goodwin Holocaust Museum and Education Center along with MAGPI (Mid-Atlantic Gigapop in Philadelphia for Internet2) provided students in New Jersey and Pennsylvania the opportunity to speak with Holocaust survivors and hear their stories of tragedy and triumph. Both guests, Charles Middleberg and Sheila Garberman, had stories to tell us that involved personal tragedy as well as the brave rescuers who helped them and their families. Mr. Middleberg described the Vel' d'Hiv Roundup in Paris in July 1942 and Mrs. Garberman discussed the Bielski partisans in Belarus.

During the conference, it was suggested that the students view a film titled Defiance (2008) about the Bielski partisans in Belarus.

"As part of the conference, the theme of Anne Frank's Diary became a question:  "Are people essentially good?" Mr. Middleberg answered with great certainty that yes, people are good. He reminded us of all the people who helped him and his brother survive. I thought it was really nice to see that despite such hardships, one could remain so positive."  -Paige

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