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Holocaust the main subject of FHS summer reading


The last bell dismissing students for the summer at Farragut High School doesn’t mean that homework has ended.

The FHS summer reading program is alive, well and required for all current and incoming Farragut High School students.

The books “Day” and “Dawn” by Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, are required reading for the “entire school and faculty,” said FHS principal Michael Reynolds.

The books are the second and third in a trilogy. The first book, “Night,” is read by sophomores in their English classes.

Reynolds said that “Night” tells the story of Wiesel and his father in a concentration camp. In the book “Day,” a concentration camp survivor is struck by a car. Reynolds said the book raises the question of why life hands out injustices and how people deal with them. In “Dawn” the main character is supposed to execute a prisoner and struggles with that assignment.

The books “bring up a lot of human issues and a chance to talk about a lot of character qualities,” Reynolds said. “There’s ethnic cleansing going on in various parts of the world still.

Last year’s required summer reading was “Death’s Acre” about the forensics lab at The University of Tennessee Body Farm. The year before that, students read “The Color of Water,” a black man’s tribute to his white mother, and the previous year they read “Into Thin Air,” the story of a Mt. Everest climbing disaster.

Books for the program are chosen by a faculty selection committee, Reynolds said, adding that he plans to invite a speaker from the Holocaust survivor group to come and speak to the students next school term.

 

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