Today we recognize International Holocaust Remembrance Day. January 27th is the 77th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. As a Catholic school, we remember and honor the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of other victims of Nazism. At STA, we offer an entire course entitled, “Holocaust Literature: Resistance and Survival” where students focus on the resistance movements and acts of rebellion in WWII that saved Jewish lives. Memoirs and historical fictions are powerful ways to explore human resilience, bear witness to the struggles to survive, and to say “Never Again” to genocide.
Truth. Unity. Peace.
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness. – Isaiah 5:20
Corrie Ten Boom’s “The Hiding Place”: In Nazi-occupied Holland, Corrie ten Boom and her family worked with the Dutch Resistance to shelter 800 Jews and other refugees in a secret room in their home. The deeply devout Calvinist watchmaker ultimately survived incarceration at Ravensbrück concentration camp.
“The Librarian of Auschwitz" by Antonio Iturbe. 14-year-old Dita Adlerova and her family are sent from the Terezín ghetto to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Dita becomes the secret Librarian of Auschwitz, which gives her the courage and hope she needs to survive.
*“The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos”: Witnesses to the brutal murder of their families and the violent destruction of their communities, a cadre of Jewish women in Poland helped transform the Jewish youth groups into resistance cells to fight the Nazis. *This is one of the required books that our Saints read in the above-mentioned course.