Rosa and Friends...
Sitting in an art classroom, looking at this frail elderly woman. She’s sitting in this chair as everyone sat around hanging on to her every word as she spoke. The Holocaust is what she spoke of, talking about her her family members and how much she misses them and other topics. Her name is Rosa. She traveled from Manhattan to Flushing to meet us. We are the seniors of East West School of International Studies. Rosa spoke swiftly, sometimes closing her eyes to reminisce on her past experiences.
“Do you think you would have died instead, had your nieces not been there?” asked Talia to Mrs. Strygler. I believe she said, “of course but because of my height, I was spared. I was tall for my age so I was counted as an adult...”
Hearing this quote just made me realize that it was just ridiculous hearing the reasons why all those people died. Some because they weren’t tall enough. Some because they were sick. Others because of religions, outer appearances and sexual preferences. Rosa had said,
“there were Jews, homosexuals...” and tried to continue what others were there but it wasn’t the correct answer to the question asked.