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Holocaust Survivor Speaks at CATA

From left to right: Lisa Eaton, Suly Chenkin and Adam Tarlton.

As part of the observance of U.S. Holocaust Remembrance Week at CATA and their study of the Holocaust, students enrolled in Mrs. Eaton’s and Mr. Tarlton’s English II and Ms. Hibberd’s Remember the Holocaust classes heard testimony from a Holocaust survivor, Mrs. Suly Chenkin on April 16, 2010. Mrs. Chenkin lives in Charlotte and volunteers to speak to students of all ages in North Carolina about her experiences as a hidden child during the Holocaust. Hidden children were Jewish children who were taken in by Christian families during the Holocaust in an effort to protect them from Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Final Solution.

Mrs. Chenkin began her testimony with her memories and experiences of living in a Lithuanian ghetto. She detailed the efforts her parents undertook to find a woman to help smuggle her out of the ghetto to live with a Christian family. Mrs. Chenkin spoke about living with the family through the end of World War II and the liberation of the Nazi camps. Both of her parents were sent to the camps during the Holocaust and both survived. She shared with the students how her parents reunited with each other and later with her.

After her speech, Mrs. Chenkin answered questions from students. Following the speech many students approached her to thank her for coming, asked further questions, or simply hugged her. Mrs. Eaton, Mr. Tarlton, and Ms. Hibberd are very grateful to Mrs. Chenkin from coming to CATA to share her testimony with the students and to the Jewish Federation of Charlotte for helping arrange her visit to CATA.

Written by: Deb Christensen
Posted: May 05, 2010 by Deb Christensen

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