On Tuesday, Princeton High School welcomed Eva Wiener to speak about her experience as a Holocaust survivor. Students in 9th, 11th, and 12th grade watched her speaking via live stream in their homerooms. In the auditorium, the 10th graders listened intently in person.
Students were riveted by her story of being a passenger with her parents on the ill-fated St. Louis, departing Berlin in 1939 headed for Havana, Cuba with 937 Jews on board fleeing Nazi Germany, and the increasing fears of its passengers as they were refused entry at port after port.
Mrs. Wiener urged the students listening to become witnesses themselves and to stand up to hatred, pointing to the deaths of the 11 million people who were murdered in the Holocaust merely for being "different," whether different by religion, ideology, or handicaps, and the impact made by one person, the captain of the ship who fought to save the lives of his passengers.
Students asked excellent questions - students in classrooms submitted live questions via Google Forms - and showed tremendous respect. PPS is grateful to Mrs. Wiener for sharing her story.
- District News