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New York high school houses Holocaust museum

Thursday, Apr 25, 2013 - 01:23

April 25 - Featuring about 900 items, a Holocaust Museum opens inside the Bronx High School of Science in New York City. Elly Park reports.

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It's a classroom unlike any other. Filled with about 900 items, this is the Holocaust Museum and Studies Center housed inside the Bronx High School of Science in New York City. Sohpia Sapozhnikov is a teacher at the school. SOUNDBITE: Sophia Sapozhnikov, Teacher, Bronx High School of Science, saying (English): "We have items ranging from Nazi daggers and propaganda posters to newspapers to concentration camp uniforms to German uniforms to German mugs. There is a lot of material here and some of it is very valuable." The museum has been decades in the making since a teacher began collecting and displaying World War II artifacts in 1978. Now, the dark gray galleries in the school's basement offer visitors solemn introspection as they take a journey to the past learning not just about the atrocities of the Holocaust, but also about themselves. Senior student Michaela Ritz did just that. SOUNDBITE: Michaela Ritz, Student, Bronx High School of Science, Saying (English): "Humans are capable of standing by. We are capable of watching things happen before our eyes and saying nothing and that to me is disturbing both because it occurs and both because I see it in myself. I could see myself as a bystander." Starting next the school hopes to begin tours by appointment led by students such as Michaela.

New York high school houses Holocaust museum

Thursday, Apr 25, 2013 - 01:23

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