OLD TAPPAN, N.J. -- Holocaust survivor Trudy Album visited James McGuire's advanced placement U.S. history II class at Northern Valley Regional High School in Old Tappan on Friday, June 3.
Album shared her story of growing up in a religious family in a wonderful, accepting community. Her story included her experiences being segregated in her own community, moving to a Jewish ghetto and then being sent to a forced labor camp.
She was later transported to Auschwitz where her parents and younger siblings were killed. She was then transported to another labor camp and her eventual liberation while in transit to another camp.
Album later discovered that her mother's younger brother survived, but the rest of her family was lost to the Holocaust. She eventually made her way to America where she started a new life, worked, married and started a family.
Her story helped bring life to the information studied in the advanced placement U.S. history II section on the Holocaust.
Album's sharing of her story made all of the students a witness to the horrors of this period in history.
Even with all the tragedy she suffered during this time in history, she left the students with a message of being tolerant of all people, act when they see someone being mistreated and to love everyone.
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