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The Detroit Jewish News, 1995-03-03

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not exposed to Jewish people,
African Americans or Chinese
people. We're white, Christian,
middle-class.
"It's really hard for me to imag-
ine what it must have been like
to have been sent to one restrict-
ed area — to have been sent
somewhere just because of one's
faith.
"And it's hard," she said "to be
as sympathetic toward other peo-
ple if you don't understand who
they are and what they've expe-
rienced."
Mary, as the student drama di-
rector, doesn't want I Never Saw
Another Butterfly to end on a de-
pressing note.
"The Holocaust happened,
yes," she said. "But we can pre-
vent it from ever happening
again."
After lunch, the group of stu-
dents and teachers proceeded to
the Holocaust Memorial Center.
Jon Moore, 13, thought the ex-
perience added to the research he
had completed earlier this year
for an advanced studies project
on Jewish history during World
War II.
Jon, who is Christian, says he
knows two Jehovah's Witnesses,
"but no Jews." He believes it's im-
portant to be tolerant of other re-
ligions.
Jon considers skinheads in-
sane.
"The only ones I've seen," he
said "have been on `Oprah.' Aren't
skinheads the people who say the
Holocaust never happened? I
think that's just crazy. They have

pictures to prove that it hap-
pened."
Marilyn Stancil was one of the
Grayling teachers who joined the
field trip. She said many of her
students read Night, a Holocaust
book by survivor Elie Wiesel. The
young people demonstrate quite
a bit of interest in issues about
Judaism and civil rights, she said.
The trip to metro Detroit helps
augment their awareness.
"I was born and raised in
Grayling. It's a small town and
I would like the children to see
what another part of the world is
like," she said.

(:\

A closed mind
is a wonderful
thing to lose.

After touring the Holocaust
Center, the students met with
Auschwitz survivor Mr. Shlanger,
and after that, they went to a
Jewish cemetery.
Michael Amman, 18, attends
high school in Grayling, but spent
his first eight years in Detroit. Al-
though reared as a Roman
Catholic, Michael remembers at-
tending seders at friends' homes
when he was a young child.
Michael believes his friends
and family members are open-
minded, but there are a lot of
people who aren't, "about any-
thing."
"It's sad," he says. "But hope-
fully, that'll change." ❑

Detroit Teachers
Plan Second Meeting

STAFF REPORT

ewish teachers in the De- 50 teachers who shared experi-
troit Public Schools have ences, perceptions and concerns. /
scheduled a second meeting The group decided to meet occa-
to discuss Jewish concerns sionally to maintain contact with
the sponsoring agencies: Ameri-
in the schools.
The meeting will be held 10 can Jewish Committee, Anti-
a.m.-noon Sunday, March 12, at Defamation League and the
the Max M. Fisher Building on Jewish Community Council.
Any Jewish teacher in the De-
Telegraph Road.
A similar meeting in Decem- troit Public School system is wel-
ber was attended by more than come to attend. ❑

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