New Tech Students Study Holocaust, Partner with Jewish Federation

Record Number: 12759
Displayed from: Apr 17, 2015 , until: Jun 17, 2015

Students at New Tech Academy at Wayne High School are working with the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne as the Jewish community celebrates Yom Hoshoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.

On Sunday, April 19, students are invited to attend a showing of the film “Two Who Dared,” at 2 p.m. the Allen County Public Library downtown. The movie will be followed by a reception. The movie tells the story of Waitstill Sharp, a Unitarian minister, and his wife, Martha, who rescued Jewish children from the Holocaust.

On Monday, April 20, Dr. Peter Braunfeld, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at the University of Illinois, will visit New Tech Academy, 9100 Winchester Road, and talk to students at 10 a.m. Dr. Braunfeld is a Holocaust survivor from Vienna, Austria, and featured in “Two Who Dared.” That evening, he will be the featured speaker at the Yom Hashoah Service at 7 p.m. at the Jewish Federation, 5200 Old Mill Road.

The New Tech students are also invited to the Fort Wayne Museum of Art at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 23, to meet artist Tobi Kahn, the son of Holocaust survivors. Kahn is a painter and sculptor whose work is on exhibit at the museum in “Work and Worship: Recent Paintings and Sculptures” through June 7. Artwork created by New Tech students will also be on display at the museum through mid-May.

Students will also attend the People of the Book Lecture at the Jewish Federation at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 27. Jenna Blum, author of “Those Who Save Us,” a novel about the Holocaust, is the featured speaker. Students will also be able to attend the reception and book signing with the author.

“Studying the Holocaust and its impact on the world is important for students to understand our global history as well as current events,” New Tech Social Studies Teacher Jeff Roberts said. “We appreciate the partnership with the Jewish Federation to provide students an opportunity to meet and talk with those who were directly affected by the Holocaust.”

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.