Learning about the Holocaust at the library
Uncategorized | Published on February 2, 2022 at 11:35am EST | Author: Chad Koenen0
In 2017 my husband and I took our youngest daughter Courtney and our friend Marc on a vacation to the east coast. While there, we were fortunate to be able to go to the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. When we pulled up in the parking lot there was multiple signs that said three hour parking limit.
I remember distinctly saying “that will be plenty of time.” However, upon entering this facility, we were in for the most emotionally moving journey that will remain with us the rest of our lives and the three hour parking limit was not even a drop in the bucket of time we could have spent in the museum.
This weeks featured book is called “The Last Train, a Holocaust Story” and is written by Rona Arato. The inside jacket cover reads: “In April 1944, Paul Auslander was five years old. The Nazis had just occupied his hometown of Kareag in Hungary.
“For the next year, he, his older brother, Oscar, and his mother endured the unimaginable atrocities of the Holocaust. Paul and Oscar watched helplessly as their mother grew dangerously ill, friends and fellow Jews starved, and thousands were worked to death or murdered. Nazis forced the family from ghetto to work camp to concentration camp and finally, to being stranded with thousands of other Jews on a freight train in the middle of Germany.
“In Spring 2008, Paul was staring at a computer screen On it was a photo of a train. His train-the same on where, over sixty years ago, he and his family were trapped awaiting their ends at the hands of the Nazis…until fate changed everything. The Last Train is the true story of the Auslanders’ tremendous ordeal and the incredible coincidence that spared their lives. It is also the tale of how the efforts of a high-school teacher in a small town in New York brought Paul face to face with those brave soldiers who saved him decades earlier.”
Come on up and check out this book or any one of a number of others we have on the Holocaust. We hope to see you on a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon from 3:30-5:30 p.m. following the school calendar.