Speakers Visit Middle School
Mrs. Melitta Stein, survivor of the Holocaust, shared her story with students April 18. As a child from a Jewish family in Prague, Czechoslovakia, she was first imprisoned in Theresienstadt with her parents and sister. There, she was one of 15,000 children who entered that ghetto. Only 132 of those children survived the war. She was also taken to Auschwitz, Hamburg and Bergen- Belsen. By the end of the war, Stein was the sole survivor from her family. She returned to Prague, married and had children. When the Soviets invaded in 1968, her husband said that one invasion was enough for a lifetime, so they fled and immigrated to the United States.
Ranger Shawn Lynn of the Buchanan State Forest visited May 1 to talk about the impact of WWII on Fulton County. During the war the old CCC camp on Oregon Road on Sideling Hill served two functions. In the early 1940s it was home to conscientious objectors as part of the Civilian Public Service. Opposed to fighting, the men there worked much like those in CCC instead of joining the army. In 1944 the camp was converted to a prisoner of war camp for German soldiers. Just over 380 German prisoners were kept there until 1946 when they were returned to Germany. A native of Fulton County, Lynn also shared his family’s ration books and other memorabilia from the war.