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Museum of Tolerance impresses Bowman students

Posted: January 12, 2010 10:10 p.m.
Updated: January 13, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Bowman High School students visited the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, where many of the students found the experience to be moving.

In December, Bowman High School students visited the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles.

Unlike any other trips we have taken, this trip impacted the students as soon as we entered the museum. The museum highlighted the history of the Holocaust right away.

We had the pleasure to have Gloria (Gitta) Nagel, a Holocaust survivor, as our tour guide.

Gitta (her childhood name) brought life to the museum as she was a victim of many of the Holocaust casualties.

“The museum opened my eyes when our tour guide Gitta pulled up her sleeve to show me her tattoo,” student Jordan Hoffman said. “This was amazing! I was standing next to a Holocaust survivor.”

Actually, the tattoo identified Gitta as one of the “lucky ones” who was not marked for immediate extermination upon arrival at Auschwitz.

The tour was an emotional experience for the students as it showed not only the history of the Holocaust but also current hate crimes around the world.

Some students, like Paul Burns, Jeared Young, Destiny Sanchez and Ashley Castillo, got the chills when they entered the replica of the gas chamber.

Throughout the tour, students were amazed at how much hatred still exists such as the genocide in Darfur.

Student Joseph Artelle, was moved when he saw images of the genocide that is happening in Darfur. “I can’t believe this is happening,” he said.

Overall, the visit to the museum was an informative and emotional experience for the students.

The visit was arranged by Dede Bradford from the Los Angeles County Department of Rehabilitation. Bowman Teacher Sylvia Packler also accompanied the students on the field trip.

Jordan Hoffman is a senior and Jose Rosales is a Career Visions Teacher at Bowman High School.


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