On January 29, 92 years young Max Garcia, co-founder of the Holocaust Center of North- ern California and author of Auschwitz, Auschwitz, I Cannot Forget You, shared his mémoires with high school history students. Garcia began with a poignant narration of his experience in the infamous Nazi camp and
the continued resilience, unwavering hope, and many
acts of camaraderie that allowed him to survive the
death camp. He went on to explain how he made his
way to the United States, where he also made a new life
for himself and fulfilled his childhood dream of becoming an architect.
During a lively Q&A, Max Garcia answered the many
questions from the audience with both humor and
gravitas. In a particularly striking instance, the Auschwitz
survivor described how shocked he was when he discovered the segregation then practiced in the South, which
he could not help but relate to the anti-Semitic persecution he endured in Europe.
A LESSON IN LIFE BY JÉRÉMIE ROSTAN Undoubtedly, this experience was not just a rare history lecture, but also a precious life lesson for our
students—one that planted a seed that will continue to
grow as we reaffirm our school’s mission and strengthen
its commitment to diversity in the future.