Rosa Strygler's Visit to East-West
After weeks of impatiently waiting for her visit, Rosa finally came to East-West and the presentation was better than I expected. Coming into the room, her presence seemed great. Who wouldn’t be excited at seeing an author in school and not just any author, a Holocaust survivor? The event took place in, the art teacher, Mr. Marini’s room. The audience was the whole 12th grade class in East-West. Since the book Rosa was introduced to our class, it felt great to learn and know about her life and experiences in the concentration camps during the Holocaust. The presenting speakers were Rosa and the person who has been working with her for the past 20 years, I forgot her name.
Hearing this quote just made me realize that people around the world need to learn how to be together or united. For example, a sense of togetherness usually occurs when a disaster happens such as the one in Japan. Now, everyone around the world is donating and helping out Japan, with its problems. To me, this quote meant a lot because it is from a primary source. When Rosa spoke about this delicate topic, it made me feel her pain and allowed me ot understand her better.
Another quote that stuck out for me from Rosa’s amazing visit was from herself:
“My mother just wanted to die, she gave up after my father and two brothers were sent to the gas chamber. We had to line up on roll call and if you were not there, you were killed. My mother just decided that she wanted to die and so the next day, she was not there.”
Hearing this quote again, I see how important family is and how tragic it is to know that a mother leaves your side after losing all hope. It opens my eyes because this quote is saying that life is precious and we must enjoy it to the fullest.The Holocaust killed many people and Rosa is here to tell hers on how it took away all her family. Now keeping this in mind, isn’t family and life very important?
Another quote that surprised me was something that Rosa had said. This surprised me because I never thought about the things Rosa said in her perspective. It is great to know that she feels that our mission is education and preventing something like the Holocaust from repeating itself. It really shows care and dedication:
“I think that everyone in this room should prevent something like the Holocaust to occur, again. You can only do this through education. Look at what is happening in Libya, the man is killing people because they want freedom.”
Before hearing this advice, I never thought that every individual in the room had the power to become a leader and implement the greatness of world peace amongst humans. While Rosa was speaking, I felt really connected to her because while reading the book, there was a lot of emotion in it. In other words, when I was reading the book, it was as if I was inside the scenery experiencing the same pain as Rosa. I admire Rosa for her strength against all odds and surviving through many events that a regular person wouldn’t.