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Fred Heyman’s Visit and His Words of Wisdom

Updated: Jan 30, 2019

By CHRIS CAMARGO, Contributing Writer

January 10, 2019

On January 10, 2019 Holocaust survivor Fred Heyman visited NBTHS. The assembly was put together with many students and classes attending it. The assembly was primarily focused on Mr. Heyman along with his experience throughout the Holocaust. It began with him introducing himself and transitioned to him speaking about how he was able to survive, his life before and after the Holocaust and World War II, his journey in the Korean War after being drafted, and much more. One thing in particular that he constantly mentioned was how the word HATE was an "application" that people should delete. It was fascinating to hear this wise, inspirational speech. Being respectful towards one another goes a long way, allowing for drama and/or issues to be prevented.

When encountering discrimination, Fred Heyman encourages his audience to be UPstanders, not bystanders. Photo Courtesy of The Dimensions of Prejudice class.

As the event progressed, a video was played; it displayed Heyman’s responses to questions he had been asked in an interview. Some were about what he did after the war concluded, what was like it like within the camps, etc. Numerous students were intrigued by the video since his response showed what he went through in his life. Once it finished, there was time to ask questions. The questions presented to Mr. Heyman received thorough, in-depth responses.

Gerald Baker, sophomore at NBTHS, commented “I liked the assembly and the video. It was interesting to see what he had to go through during the Holocaust. I hope many people learned a thing or two from him”.

Marvin Meyers, another sophomore at NBTHS, stated “The presentation was pretty good. It was sad to hear the terrible things Mr. Heyman experienced. What really shocked me was they after the war had ended, he had to serve the Korean war. Anyways, his message about getting rid of hate was really good”.

This is what occurred at the Holocaust assembly.


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