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Last week, Holocaust survivor Herman Cohn visited my classroom for the culminating activity of our final Social Studies thematic unit. Cohn is an energetic, spry man. At 89, he recently completed a tour of European schools, where he was invited to share his stories of bigotry and intolerance. In my class, he spoke of witnessing the destruction of the Cologne synagogue, the brutal beating he endured at the hand of the SS, his exodus from Germany, and his heroic return as a U.S. soldier. He spoke of the importance of treating people fairly and fighting to stamp out injustice. This time Herman brought a slide show with photos of the liberation.


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