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Holocaust survivor speaks to history students

A group of Farragut High School students attended a lecture given by a local Holocaust survivor April 11.

Melissa Glover teaches U.S. History at FHS, and invited Arthur Pace of Morristown to speak to her class in the FHS Ferguson Theater. Several of the students said they found the lecture “interesting” and more beneficial than reading a textbook.

Junior Shane Glarrow said, “I thought it was awesome to see someone who actually lived through that stuff, experienced it.”

“It’s a lot different than having a teacher reading it out of a book, and you have to picture it. Having an actual survivor here to talk to us - I thought it was very, very interesting,” Hunter Newby, a junior, said,

Kristen Borrier, also a junior, agreed, “I thought [the lecture] was really, really interesting,” and “kinda mind-blowing.”

“We are really lucky to be able to hear him speak, because a lot of people learn about the Holocaust, but don’t ever get to see a survivor,” she added.

“I definitely learned a lot more this way.” Newby said.

“The lecture was so much more emotional than reading it in a book. It’s a learning experience,” said Borrier.

Arthur told the students about the conditions in the Lithuanian concentration camp.

“The worst thing about it was we got so little food,” he said. “We didn’t even have underwear, just pants and a jacket.”

Glarrow said, “We knew some of the background about the concentration camps before. We didn’t know as much detail as he gave us. That really helped us out, to be able to relate to it; it’s kinda nice.”

Also attending the lecture, Mimi Pace said she’s been married to Arthur for six years.

Near the end of the lecture, she stood up and emphasized how heroic her husband was.

“He is a hero,” Mimi said. “He saved his brother’s life, saved his father, got them out of Europe and to this country. They left his father for dead. He heard there were survivors so he walked back to the concentration camp from Munich to get him. He was just eighteen,” she added.

She also told the students how Arthur carried his brother in the “death march” to Munich because his brother was too weak to continue. Had Arthur not done so, “his brother would have been shot,” she said.

Arthur’s mother, father, sister, and brother survived the Lithuanian concentration camp, though Mimi said his mother died from cancer due to lack of health care at a Munich United Nation’s camp. His brother lost his wife and child in the concentration camp.

Junior Diana Deer said, “I just think it’s amazing that he made it through it and helped his family…You can only imagine how terrible something can be.”

“It was kinda crazy that he saw that many people die,” Borrier said.

Arthur said one of the messages of his lecture is, “you have to let go” of the hate, because hate was responsible for those deaths.

“I hold no grudges,” he said.

After he was rescued, Arthur learned English and worked as a translator for the U.N., and eventually moved to the United States. He worked to get his G.E.D and a college education.

Today, Arthur owns a furniture business near Morristown.


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