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Visiting Teacher Brings History to Life for Grade 7 Students

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Exterior photo of Firestone Hall at dusk

With a subject as complex and challenging as the Holocaust, Mrs. Macso's Grade 7 English students have benefitted greatly from visiting co-teacher Susan Stein last week. Susan is a teaching artist, playwright and actress based out of New York City who is known widely as the creator of "Etty", a one-woman show interpreting the diaries of Etty Hillesum, who was a victim of the Holocaust. 

On Thursday, Susan led students through a discussion that explored the difference between the words "resistance" and "rebellion", asked them to reflect on the artwork of Petr Ginz – a young man imprisoned in the Theresienstadt ghetto – and taught them a song that was sung in the camps. Lastly, the class shared Found Poems they created earlier in the week and considered feedback from Ms. Stein, Mrs. Macso and their peers.

"If we're going to study the Holocaust, let's also study the artwork and what people were singing and writing about," Ms. Stein said.

Susan's visit was made possible through Old Trail's relationship with Classrooms Without Borders, a non-profit educational organization founded as an independently funded program of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.

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