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Holocaust survivor visits Madison High School

REXBURG, Idaho (KIFI) - It was a special day on Wednesday for those in Mr. Reeser's holocaust class.

"Welcome back, Mireille Taub. Thank you for inviting me. Yeah. We are so happy to have you back in class."

Taub met with students at Madison High School over a Zoom meeting.

She was in France at the start of world war two.

As a Jew, she recalled her difficult journey trying to escape from Paris to go to Bordeaux, the entry way into Spain.

She said, "At some point during the phony war, my father has already prepared an escape route, and i decided that this would be the best way to get out of france through one of its many borders.  and so we were bombed off the train not too far from where bordeaux was."

She escaped miraculously with her family and was able to take a bus over to Portugal.

From there, she immigrated over to the United States.

The students were amazed.

"Welcome back, Mireille Taub. Thank you for inviting me. Yeah. We are so happy to have you back in class."

Taub had to brave the emotions during her daring trip.

She was only two years old at the time.

Sandora Holderman, a senior at Madison High School says, "She was a toddler.  she was almost an infant during this entire thing, and she understood what was going on. Maybe not to the fullest of what was actually going on, but she understood that something bad was happening."

Mr. Reeser calls this the crowning moment of the semester to teach his students a valuable lesson.

He says, "The vast majority of humanity act as bystanders, and that's what allowed this to happen. So I really want to empower them to look at their own choices and how their own choices affect the people around them.  and if they can do that and be more humane than they were the day before, and i have to learn these lessons, too, then we're going to be creating a better a better world for everybody."

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Evan Thomason

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