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Stephen Muss (Miami)

Poland was not an easy experience.

Poland was not an easy experience. It was an emotional and educational opportunity that Jewish kids my age usually don’t get. There were a lot of ups and downs.  As I learned about the Shoah in depth, it changed my perspective on life.

I am an American Jew, who had family who lived in Poland. I am blessed to have been born in the generation I'm in. All I can think is that, what if that was me. What if I was born in 1932 and I was as a child who was sent to these camps and separated from my family. Maybe I would survive, but most likely i would have been killed. So many people died and It’s sad to realize that if this horrific event didn’t happen, there would be so many more Jewish families all over the world and especially Poland and Germany. Now that I am very educated on the Shoah, I can keep on telling the story with the correct facts. I am sad that I am the last generation to meet holocaust survivors but I’m happy I am able to meet them and keep on talking about it so the memory lives on and everyone remembers the tragedy. In Poland, we got to have some free time which was good because we needed to take some time to take in everything that we were learning. The week went by pretty fast.