Juniors Visit the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

 By Anna Carlson

On Wednesday, November 6, the junior CP World History classes of Berkshire Jr./Sr. High School traveled to the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Beachwood with our teacher, Mr. Canton. The field trip was designed in coordination with the book that the students read over the summer; a memoir of a Holocaust survivor.

The Maltz Museum is incredible. The displays are beautifully done and quite intriguing, holding information that ranges from immigration to hate groups. There were exhibits about anti-semantic groups as well as the Ku Klux Klan discussing how the groups were started and their motivations.

There were also displays concerning the Holocaust that were incredibly moving. However, we were slightly rushed through the museum so that we would be finished with all the exhibits by 10:30 when a Holocaust survivor would be presenting his story.

His presentation was fascinating. He had been born in Munich Germany and then left at a children’s hospital at the age of two weeks. He was later sent to the United States and adopted when he was four years old. As an adult, he had filled out forms with the Red Cross in hopes of finding his birth mother and one day received a call that they had found the woman he was looking for. However, she did not wish to make contact. He wrote her an email but never received a reply, later discovering she had been relocated and the message never forwarded to her. Sadly, his story was also rushed due to the fact that we had to leave the museum at 11:00.

From the museum we traveled to the Cheesecake Factory in Legacy Village where we ate lunch and dined on the heavenly cheesecake. Then we returned to the high school, concluding the field trip.

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