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Holocaust remembrance ceremony held at Weir High School

Wednesday is the 74th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the largest single revolt by Jews during World War II. At Weir High School, a special remembrance ceremony was held, and they called on all of us to make sure history doesn't repeat itself (WTOV).

Wednesday is the 74th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the largest single revolt by Jews during World War II.

At Weir High School, a special remembrance ceremony was held, and they called on all of us to make sure history doesn't repeat itself.

“I would like more people to get involved,” exchange student Agata Liziuk said. “I would like more people to listen and get to know what actually happened.”

Liziuk has been studying at Weir for the past 9 months. During the ceremony, she took on more of a teacher's role, as she helped educate her classmates about the Holocaust, and the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

She inspired her school to host a remembrance ceremony and spearheaded a daffodil project. Flowers lined the stage and were worn by all to commemorate those who died fighting.

“She really opened my eyes just to how global it is, and how important it still is, especially now with different discriminations of different groups that are coming and going in and out of the United States,” Social Studies teacher David Thompson said.

A Holocaust researcher and the program director for Classrooms Without Borders talked about their trips to concentration camps and meeting Holocaust survivors.

Their focus was just as much on the future, as it was on the past.

“Old people like me are hoping that your generation turns things around so this never happens again,” Holocaust researcher Amy Granato said.

"The lesson is about tolerance is about accepting diversity, accepting our differences and learning from our differences," said Barb Lewine, of Classrooms Without Borders.

Weir High believes it's the first school in West Virginia to participate in the world-wide daffodil project.

“I just want to say that we're making history today, and I'm really glad that we're commemorating this time,” Liziuk said. “I'm really glad I'm here to show people that we're actually not indifferent to the cruelty that happened.”

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