by George J Elbaum
College Park High School has a current enrolment of 2054 students of which 48% are minority and 20% are economically disadvantaged. Despite these demographics, it is far above California state average of college and career readiness, such as student test scores and 97% graduation rate. It is therefore rated 9/10 by both GreatSchools.org and USNews.com.
My presentation at College Park to approximately 350-400 students in 10th-12th grades was organized by World History teacher Lauren Weaver. The students have studied WWII and the Holocaust and were thus aware of governmental persecution in Germany in the 1930s, including targeted boycotts, the Nuremburg Laws, planned stages of identification and separation in Ghettos, acts of violence such as Kiristallnacht and eventual removal to concentration and death camps. Most of the students read Elie Wiesel’s Night.
Arrangements for my talk were made by Penny Savryn, Program Coordinator at the Holocaust Center of Jewish Family and Children’s Services.