Rosa's visit to East-West school of international studies
On March 16, 2011, at East-West school of International studies, in room 418, art room, we had a visitor name Rosa Strygler, a survive of the Holocaust. Rosa is a nice and very kind lady who also wrote a book called, “ROSA”. We had an opportunity to read that book of Rosa. The book was about how Rosa survived the Holocaust, and she contrasted her childhood obstacles with the obstacles she faced with her son. Rosa came to our school yesterday and all the seniors had an opportunity to ask her any questions about her experience in the Holocaust. During this questions and answers conversation, Rosa said “ I loved him very much, I couldn’t stop giving him what he asked for.”
Hearing this quote just made me realize that Rosa loved his adopted son. But that love spoiled him. Steve went to Northeastern college in Boston.He stayed there in dorms and he got addicted to drugs. Whenever he needed money, Rosa always provided him money to fulfill his addiction.
Another quote that struck out to me from the Rosa’s visit to East-West school on March 16,2011, was really depressing. Rosa said during the conversation, “ I was really angry because the U.S. didn’t do anything to prevent this disaster of the Holocaust.”
Seeing this quote again, I see how Rosa felt that no nation took any action to prevent the holocaust. It open my eyes because this quote is saying that Unites States could’ve done something about the Holocaust, but they didn’t wanted to raise tension with Germany.
Another quote that surprised me was something Rosa said about why she didn’t publish her book, “Rosa.” This surprised me because the book is an outstanding life experience of the most devastating event in the history of the world, the Holocaust.
“ I didn’t publish the book because I wasn’t ready for it. The book was not written by me, even though it’s my life story. They offered me thousands of dollar, I don’t know how much exactly, but I just didn’t want to publish it.”
It was our pleasure to have such woman like Rosa to come to out school and share her personal experience in person. I learned a lot from this short forty five minutes discussion about the Holocaust. People suffered for no reason. Hopefully this generation and next generation won’t let people suffer like the Holocaust.