Holocaust Survivor Shares Story, Inspires OHS Students/Staff
Holocaust Survivor Stanley Bernath recently shared his story with Orange High School students and staff. His message was simple, yet direct: "We should never forget. We should never ever let it happen again."
Mr. Bernath was invited to speak by OHS' Israel Culture Club Advisor Edie Ungar-Shafron.The program stemmed from a discussion with the Peace, Love, & Positivity (PLP) group, started by Orange High School students (and led by Ungar-Shafron) and coincided with Holocaust Remembrance Day, Israel Independence Day and Yom HaZikaron. May 6th marks the day Bernath calls his "birthday" as he was "reborn again" after being liberated that day in 1945 from the Ebensee concentration camp in Austria. Bernath was 17 years old, about the same age as the students in attendance, when he was taken from his home in Romania. He discussed the constant starvation during his time of incarceration and noted the horrific atrocities that he was forced to endure.
The PLP students were touched by Bernath's story and plan to build on his message of hope instead of hatred. The group has created posters and t-shirts to promote positive cultural awareness, and students are planning a trip to the Maltz Museum later this month to see the "This Light of Ours" exhibit hoping they can shine their own light of hope throughout the community.