LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Wea Ridge Middle Schoolers got a lesson of a lifetime today. Students listened as Frank Grunwald shared his experience surviving the Holocaust.
He talked about surviving concentration camps, escaping death and losing close family members.
Frank came to America in 1951 and now lives in Indianapolis. He's been sharing his story with communities across the state for 11 years.
Frank said it wasn't easy sharing his story at first but now he finds satisfaction and healing in it.
He said it's especially important for him to share his story with the youth.
“I felt that if I don't talk about it, nobody else will. I'm the witness. I'm the direct witness. So in my mind, we're always the millions of people that were silenced,” said Grunwald.
Students say this was a great learning experience for them.
“Youth like me don't usually get this great opportunity to see and learn about, especially first hand what happened at that time,” said Ethan Aviles, a student at Wea Ridge Middle School.
“It's good for people to learn and get a straight forward story, not one that's sugar-coated,” said Ethan Ray, a student at Wea Ridge Middle School.
His presentation is part of a week-long Holocaust Remembrance Conference. It's hosted by the Greater Lafayette Holocaust Remembrance Committee.