Humanity Night in Perrysburg to host Holocaust survivorsWritten by Lori Golaszewski | | email@example.com
Humanities students from Perrysburg High School are preparing for its annual Community Humanity Night slated for May 5. “Courage to Change” is the theme of this year’s event, which will feature two Holocaust survivors as guest speakers.
Community Humanity Night is an opportunity for area residents to gain a different perspective on historical events from the 1940s to the present, said Lindsey Huff, 17, a Perrysburg High School junior who is helping to coordinate the evening.
“We’ll be talking about how people in the past have had the courage to change their own beliefs, and how we should do the same,” Huff said. “We want the public to see another side of historical events and to see it from a teenager’s point of view.”
The humanities class has been studying genocide throughout the year and recently visited the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills, Mich. After hearing Holocaust survivors Sam and Judy Pruchno speak about their experiences, the class arranged for the husband and wife to speak during Community Humanity Night.
“They’ll be talking about what it was like for them,” Huff said. “Sam was actually in a Holocaust camp, and Judy’s from Romania, so her family was in hiding for a while. I believe Sam [an artist] will have some of his paintings that depict the Holocaust and his time in the camp.”
Students will give presentations on various topics including global warming and corrupt leaders in Washington, stereotypes, women’s roles in the 1950s and conflicts in Palestine, the Congo and Darfur.
Huff said she hopes it will be an enlightening evening and that attendees will walk away with more humility and understanding toward others and their experiences.
“I want everyone to see different issues that have gone on in history and that are going on today,” Huff said, “and to see them in a different light and try to better themselves from it.”
Community Humanity Night will begin at 5:45 p.m. with a series of short videos addressing the theme of courage to change. Perrysburg High School is located at 13385 Roachton Road. For more information, call (419) 874-3181.