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Story by School News Network–Solomon VanDam can’t imagine being suddenly and possibly permanently separated by thousands of miles from his family and friends. “I think I’d be so freaked out,” he admitted. Classmate Anneke VanAst agreed. “Right now, I think, I’d be terrified to leave my family and my life here,” she said. “But we’re not in a world war. If we were, I might feel glad that there was an escape from it.” Tens of thousands of European children and teens endured such a fate from 1938 to 1940, the Northern High School freshmen and their classmates recently learned.
World history teacher Faith Shotts-Flikkema led a new unit this year focused on the Kindertransport, a roughly nine-month effort that rescued and relocated from Germany to the United Kingdom some 10,000 mostly Jewish children under age 17, most of them before the start of World War II and the Holocaust.
Shotts-Flikkema led the unit in collaboration with two other teachers, one in Virginia and one in Greece. The Forest Hills students participated in a two-week, in-depth study via live video discussions with those other students.
They also communicated via email and postcards they sent via traditional mail. With no email or internet, of course, postcards were a primary method of communication used between children and the families they left during the Kindertransport, they learned.
Then groups of three or four students each focused on a single child and answered critical thinking questions such as whether the child survived and was reunited with their family, how he or she felt about their Jewish identities growing up and as adults, and what the students today would ask them if they could.
Presentations from each group included videos, posters, and booklets that were to include timelines, maps, biographical information, and photographs.
“They really did good work,” Shotts-Flikkema said. “Most of them said they want to know a lot more. Hopefully when we study the Holocaust in April we can go back to some of this, even for a day.”