70 Years On, EACS Teacher Takes Lessons from Auschwitz to the Classroom

Aug 17, 2015

Erin White poses with Eva Mozes Kor, a Holocaust survivor.
Credit Courtesy of Erin White

It’s the essay question every kid has been assigned at some point in their academic career: “What did you do on your summer vacation?”

But teachers have summer vacations too. So, as students head back to school, we’re flipping the script and asking area teachers about the unique experiences they had while away from the classroom.

It’s called “My Summer Vacation”:  Stories from Fort Wayne teachers sharing the best of their summer breaks.

In this installment, we hear from Erin White who teaches at New Haven High School.  She features a unique unit in her biology class, in which students study the science of the Holocaust.  This summer she traveled to the Auschwitz Concentration Camp with Holocaust survivor Eva Mozes Kor, who was subjected to human experimentation with her twin sister when she was 10 years old. 

In the first part of our series, we look at Erin’s experience, what she learned from Eva, and how she’ll apply it to her classes.