Holocaust Survivor to Address Greenon Students and Staff

Holocaust Survivor to Address Greenon Students and Staff
Posted on 11/18/2019
Geenon Junior/Senior High School will host Holocaust Survivor Dr. Al Miller on November 22 to address students and staff in a once in a lifetime chance to hear a first-hand account of the Holocaust and World War II.

Geenon Junior/Senior High School will host Holocaust Survivor Dr. Al Miller on November 22 to address students and staff in a once in a lifetime chance to hear a first-hand account of the Holocaust and World War II. 

Mrs. Jennifer Tropp, an English teacher at Greenon, organized the video through The Remembrance Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to the education of the Holocaust and Second World War.

“The Holocaust, instituted by Nazi Germany is one of the most horrendous atrocities in human

history, witnessing the death of millions of innocent humans,” said Alex D. Ryan, President and CEO of The Remembrance Project. “Although this happened over seventy years ago, it is important now more than ever to be educated on these events to prepare us for the future.”

Mr. Ryan visited Greenon in October to speak to English students in the classes of Mrs. Tropp and Ms. Kristin Williams in preparation for Dr. Miller’s visit.

Dr. Al Miller, a holocaust survivor will share his incredible story of oppression, evil, and liberation during his life in Nazi Germany with Greenon students.. Dr. Miller is a world-renowned speaker and one of the most notable survivors of all time. 

“Hearing about the Holocaust from survivors makes a lasting impact on those who are fortunate enough to have the chance to learn directly from the brave men and women who share their experiences to ensure we never forget,” said Greenon Superintendent Mr. Brad Silvus. “We are incredibly grateful to Mrs. Tropp and The Remembrance Project for making this opportunity available to Greenon students.”

About Dr. Miller

Dr. Al Miller was born in Berlin, Germany in 1922. His family owned a successful clothing company, and he has many happy memories of his early childhood. As an active youth, he enjoyed sports until one day he arrived at his favorite recreation center to find it forbidden to Jews. He also was an enthusiastic student. He remembers many of his childhood friends joining the Hitler Youth and wearing their uniforms with pride and cutting him out of their lives for being Jewish. He was the last Jewish student to remain in his class until it was made too uncomfortable for him to stay. 

In 1936, Al attended the infamous Berlin Olympics in which American runner Jesse Owens won four medals. As conditions became worse for the Jews of Germany, his family put together a plan to leave the country and resettle elsewhere. Al departed Nazi Germany in 1937 for Switzerland, while his brother was sent to England. His parents remained in Germany, enduring Kristallnacht and hiding in a friend’s home. 

The family was eventually to reunite in England before immigrating to America in 1939. Al settled in Hamilton, Ohio where he practiced optometry until his retirement.

 


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