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Museum offers Holocaust perspectives

December 23, 2011

Area high schoolers learned about the Holocaust from seven different perspectives this week.

Newton-Conover High School (NCHS) held its first annual Holocaust museum on Wednesday. The museum was designed to educate students from seven different curriculum areas, including mathematics, language arts, drama and science.

Students visited the museum throughout the day on Wednesday and viewed exhibits mostly designed by fellow classmates.

In total, about 360 students viewed the museum, said NCHS Librarian Beverly Hall.

“When the students come in to the museum, the Junior ROTC kids yell at them and tell them to get into lines of men and women,” she said. “Then they get a card of where they are supposed to go.”

After the dramatic entrance, students go to one of seven stations, where they learn about topics ranging from the French Resistance, to Adolph Hitler, to the Atom Bomb.

“It’s the most effective teaching tool we have by carrying it from one area of study to another,” said Hall, who organized the museum.

The curriculum is mostly designed for ninth- and 10th-grade students, said Hall, whose station revolved around Judaism, why the Jews stood out and why were they treated differently.

Casey Bumgarner, a teacher in the social studies department, taught students in a station focused on Hitler’s reign.

“The best thing is we have seven teachers from a different subject area coming together,” she said. “When you can focus on the Holocaust and implement something like French class, it keeps it really interesting.”

Anthony Dehart was one of the many NCHS students who walked through the museum on Wednesday. He helped make displays for the math portion of the exhibit.

“It was interesting to learn about the different stars they used to identify the different groups of people,” Dehart said. “The decorations were really nice.”

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