As a Holocaust survivor, for the past 10 to 15 years I have volunteered my time to speak to hundreds of high schools, colleges and associations around the country concerning my experiences during that horrible period. It is always an encouraging experience, standing in front of people eager to hear my first-hand account. In the end, they are always gracious, often sending individual thank-you notes after my talk.
Early in 2019, I had the opportunity to speak for a second time to Quigley Catholic High School in Baden. My good friend Bill Lintz, a retired FBI agent, suggested I give my talk there as his grandson is a student at Quigley. Some weeks after my talk, I received over 50 thank-you letters from those in attendance. One in particular stood out. It was eloquently written by a young woman who penned this sentence: “Now I understand why you are the chosen people.”
“Wow,” I said to myself. I was very moved by this, and have told this story to a number of people, each of whom had the same reaction as I did.
This sentence gives me hope, hope that we can reach the youth of today with our story, and that it will not be forgotten when we are gone.
Judah Samet | Pittsburgh