Monrovia Elementary Students Facetime with Holocaust Survivor

The students Facetimed with Ruth Gruener, whose book "Destined to Live" chronicles her time hiding with her family during World War II.

Posted: May 13, 2019 11:29 AM
Updated: May 14, 2019 4:28 PM

A real-life lesson on one of the world's darkest times in history. Fifth-grade students at Monrovia Elementary School spoke with a Holocaust survivor.

The students Facetimed with Ruth Gruener, whose book "Destined to Live" chronicles her time hiding with her family during World War II. Monrovia students just read her book and got to ask her questions about her life that weren't in the book. A few of the students told us they feel fortunate to talk to someone who survived such horrors.

"It's very sad for what they had to go through and what they struggled with. It was torture. It was like horrible," said Savannah Jackson.

The students also expressed how it can't happen again.

"We shouldn't treat people like this no matter what kind of race or religion they are. Everybody's equal and it doesn't matter," said Sage Foster.

Gruener was one of tens of thousands of Jews the Nazis forced to live in ghettos after occupying Poland in WWII.  After spending three months in the ghetto, a Christian family let the Grueners move into a hole hidden under their home.  She moved to Brooklyn a decade after the war, where she met and married another Holocaust survivor.

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