Students from Hopatcong High School's Global History and US History 2 classes traveled to Raritan Valley Community College to attend The High School Learning Through Experience Program sponsored by The Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.
The Keynote speaker for this program was Margit Feldman, a Holocaust survivor from Hungary. Margit shared her life experiences with the students including the years she spent in various Nazi concentration camps as well as her transition to life here in the United States. Students were then given the opportunity to have a question and answer session with Margit about her experiences and opinions. Students then were able to see a one person play entitled “Within the Silence” a story about Japanese internment camps during WWII.
Background: Short Film
Margit: Not A23029, focuses on the life of Holocaust survivor Margit Feldman of Somerset, February 28, at 7 p.m., at George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick.
The event is being presented by George Street Playhouse in conjunction with the Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg. Margit: Not A23029 was created and directed by filmmaker Harry Hillard of Bridgewater, an Adjunct Associate Professor of Film at RVCC. The film's producer is Peppy Margolis of Clinton, RVCC Director of Community Programs.
The 25-minute film focuses on Feldman, a Holocaust survivor from Hungary, as she creates a life for herself after experiencing the traumas of the Holocaust. Filmmaker Hillard captures the challenges for Margit as immigrates to the US by herself after the war.
In the years that follow, Feldman shows that she not only a survivor of the Holocaust, but also but a wife, mother, grandmother, cousin, friend and public speaker. She dedicates her life to telling the story of her survival in the hope that future generations better understand the consequences of prejudice, violation of human rights and genocides that continue today.
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