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Holocaust Survivor Shares Her Story
Hunter Reis
Opinion Editor
January 11, 2012

On Friday, January 6, Alice Dreifuss Goldstein, a survivor of the holocaust, visited Durfee High School. 
Select senior English classes gathered in the Tradewinds Restaurant to hear Goldstein tell her story.
After reading Night and Day, two novels about the horrors of the Holocaust, many Durfee seniors wanted to hear the first-hand account of a true Holocaust survivor. Mr. Kerr-Jarret, a senior English teacher, visited a local Holocaust memorial center and inquired about any survivors being interested in visiting Durfee High School. "No survivior of the holocaust has ever visited Durfee before." said Kerr-Jarret. The center directed Kerr-Jarret to Goldstein, who they knew would love to come tell her story.

Goldstein tells her story.
--Hilltop File Photo
Goldstein was born in 1931 in Southwest Germany to two wealthy parents. When she was only two years old, Hitler became the chancellor of Germany. When his goal to eradicate Germany of all Jewish people became known, the Goldsteins became outcasts in their community.

For years, Goldstein's parents tried to immigrate to America without success. Under law, Alice was sent to a “Jewish only” school, and her father was sent to one of the first concentration camps in Germany. After her father was released from the camp, the family obtained a visa and became passengers on the last ever boat liner to ever leave Germany before the World War II even began.

Seniors listen to Goldstein in the Tradewinds
--Hilltop File Photo

When she grew up, Goldstein decided that she wanted to tell her story to schools around the country. “It is really important for people to know what happened,” Goldstein said. “There are lessons that we could all learn from it” she continued. 

Now in her 80s, Goldstein travels to high schools, such as Durfee, to spread her story and bring awareness of the issues that many students believe to be so far in the past.

"She was so nice," said Briana Gomes, a senior who attended the assembly, "it is amazing that she still had the gold star of David that her father was given."