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Holocaust Survivor Speaks to Students

Rosette was born in Paris, France in 1932.  Her father owned a fur coat factory, allowing her and the rest of her family a comfortable lifestyle.  “Life was very good.  We were able to go on vacations, and I was given every type of lesson imaginable:  ballet, piano, and even English lessons.” When the Germans took control of France, Rosette was still a child in school.  She was forced to wear the Star of David on all her clothing. “[The school children] weren’t too friendly to us because it was very dangerous to be friendly with Jewish girls.” After many arrests of close friends, Rosette’s mother and father were convinced that it was time for Rosette to escape occupied France.  

Rosette shared her incredible story with our students which included her pre-war life in France, her experience of being sent into hiding by her parents, and how she escaped.  Following the presentation, a short video was shared regarding her recent trip to France to visit her homeland after 70 years has passed.  The service was closed with a Jewish blessing and prayer given by Avi Mizrachi.  Avi is the founding pastor of Adonai Roi Congregation and Dugit Outreach Ministries in Israel.  Ava is a Jew, born in Jaffa to Holocaust survivors.  Both Ava and Rosette are active in Holocaust education projects.

You can watch the entire service above.