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Learning about “Uncomfortable Truths”—Two Perspectives
From Ettie Zilber, Educator, Author, 2G, Board Member of PHA

   I consider myself a well-educated person, with a few high academic degrees, which made my motherproud. I grew up and was educated in New York. After living and working in five other countries, Irelocated to Phoenix, Arizona and became active as a volunteer at the Heard Museum(https://heard.org/). This was the first time I learned about the terrible abuses against AmericanIndians, including the history of the infamous Boarding Schools for American Indian children. I washorrified to learn that children were forced–actually kidnapped–and sent thousands of miles awayfrom home to government or church-run schools throughout the United States. I was mortified and‘uncomfortable’ to learn that my own government was responsible for these decisions, theseviolations of treaties, these deaths, and these abuses. …

Learning about “Uncomfortable Truths”—Two Perspectives
From Ettie Zilber, Educator, Author, 2G, Board Member of PHA
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KRISTALLNACHT: by survivor Werner Salinger

It is the earliest memory of my life in Germany, during the Nazi years, when I was six and we lived in Berlin’s center, on the corner of Uhland Strasseand Kurfuerstendammin a large second floorapartment which alsocontained my orthodontistmother’s dental practice.                     Ludwig Uhland, poet and lawyer,who was born, lived, and died in Tuebingen,where daughter Lynn once studied,could not possibly have imagined,as he wrote his Fatherland poems,that one day the street namedfor him would be littered withshards of broken glass fromthe shattered store frontsof the Jewish-owned businessesacross the street, so visiblefrom my second story perch. Nor could he have imaginedthe acrid smell of smokethat smothered the neighborhoodthat November day in 1938,caused by the burning of thesynagogue just a block away,the …

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