The Dalton School

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New York, NY

Dalton News – June 2018
Grade 8 students participated in the final DC seminar in preparation for their grade-
wide educational trip. To help prepare them for their visit to The National Holocaust
Museum in Washington, students viewed a presentation from Sandy Rubenstein, a
Holocaust educator and middle school teacher from the Horace Mann School.  Sandy’s
presentation focused on her father’s memoir, Mark It With a Stone, a narrative of his
ordeal and survival during the Holocaust.

In advance of this conversation, students worked with their history teachers and House
Advisors to consider the definition of genocide, the role of individual citizens and
communities in relation to genocide, and how genocide is manifest in the modern
world. Following the presentation, students continued their learning through reflective
writing assignments and small group structured conversations where students
participated in Q’s & A’s.

 

Hi Sandy,

The trip to D.C. was great for us this year and your presentation played a big part in the kids having an impactful experience. Personally, I found the Holocaust Museum even more moving than usual this year. I had not seen the Syria exhibit and thought it was truly remarkable.

To give you an idea of how much your talk connected with our kids, we gave them all a list of people who they could reach out to and thank for making the trip special to them and almost a third of the grade wrote letters to you! Can you give me the best address to send them your way? I know that they will be wonderful markers for the success of the vital work that you are doing.

Best,

Josh Bachrach, Middle School English Teacher, The Dalton School, May 11, 2018

Student Reflections

“It was really impactful how you switched between Mr. Horn telling his own story in the videos and you telling his story from your perspective as his daughter. I can’t imagine what you went through as a child when you found out about your parents’ history. It was fascinating. I hope that you continue to return for the grades below us, because they need this bit of history in their memories.” – Armando

“When my peers and I visited the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, I was able to compare the more general facts taught at the museum with the personal story of your father. It made our understanding of the Holocaust deeper and more nuanced.” – Jesse

“Your father’s story and your presentation is crucial to educating the country.” – Ingrid

“Your presentation showed me that what happened in the past can influence what happens in the present.” – Alyssa

“My great-grandfather was a survivor of the Armenian genocide and he never opened up about his experiences. Your father’s story has inspired me to find out more about my family’s history; it is extremely important to know where you come from, to recognize the ugly in our past, and to work to ensure that we do not make the same mistakes again. At the museum, I thought about your father’s experiences and realized that one person’s story was more powerful than all the statistics in the world.” – Victoria

 

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