Holocaust Survivor Speaks Out About Bullying to C2E Middle School Students
“I speak to you as an eyewitness to one of the darkest pages of human history of man’s inhumanity to man,” begins Jack Adler when speaking to 200 students in the Challenge to Excellence Middle School (C2E). Mr. Adler relates his story back to the students by comparing it to the most extreme example of being bullied. He shares that the most dangerous bully is the one with a following and asks “Do any of you know a bully?”
He was the same age as the middle schoolers when he endured life in two ghettos and the horrors of three concentration camps, ultimately losing every member in his family to the Holocaust and finally being liberated by American soldiers at age 16. By sharing the details of his young life, he shows the students how little by little Jewish liberties were stripped from them. He emphasizes that bullying starts small so stop it small.
Jack Adler was born in Poland in 1929. His two younger sisters were killed at Auschwitz, his brother and mother died in the Lodz ghetto in Poland, and his father in Dachau. At 16, he was liberated by American soldiers and moved to the U.S. as a war orphan. Jack now speaks all over the United States and internationally to spread his message of living without hate. Though his entire family was murdered by the Nazis, he still has hope for the human race and emphasizes the importance of respecting others. Jack’s take on hatred, racism, bigotry, and misused religious beliefs challenges audiences to analyze their own beliefs and adhere to the principles of the Golden Rule: treat others as we ourselves want to be treated.
The collaboration of the Mizel Museum and the Alliance Project Grant made this incredible opportunity to hear Mr. Adler’s survival story. Challenge to Excellence and Ben Franklin Academy jointly received a second year of the $10,000 Alliance Project Grant from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities allowing these incredible, unique learning opportunities to become available to their students. The Mizel Museum, an educational, nonprofit organization, is Denver’s only museum that addresses today’s social justice issues through the lens of Jewish history and values. The Alliance Project Grant is also making the Mobile Art Gallery, Rocky Mountain Adventure Club, Theatre Workshops, Science Activities, Creative Writing Workshop, Poetry Workshops, library materials, and many other art and science enhancing educational experiences possible for Challenge to Excellence and Ben Franklin Academy.