Ernie Buehler and some of his family members were able to avoid going to Nazi concentration camps, but his grandmother wasn't so lucky. Buehler says she kept pictures of her parents inside her shoes for 2 years while she was at a concentration camp.
"Her mother and father. There was nothing else. All you could take was a suitcase and the clothes on your back," said Buehler.
Buehler's grandmother survived the Holocaust. Now Buehler has a message, one he shared with 6th graders at Lavelle Prep Charter School Tuesday.
"Not to see people as subhuman," said Buehler.
That message seems to resonate with students.
"You cannot judge someone from what they do, how they act or how they talk. Whatever may seem different about that person," said a Lavelle student.
This is just one event out of several hosted by Wagner College this week with the goal of remembering the Holocaust. Many are open to the public. Two Auschuwitz survivors will speak Wednesday night.
"We have been able through the holocaust center at Wagner College to identify different survivors to encourage them to have this contact with the next generation," said the director of Wagner's Holocaust Education Center.
The students from Wagner will come back to Lavelle next week to discuss how the holocaust is relevant today.
Julia Loria is a senior at Wagner. Her grandfather is a holocaust survivor and she wants to make sure people don’t forget what happened. That’s why she helped organize the events.
"It really promotes the fact that we are trying to bridge the culture gap and to make a difference and not repeat history," said Loria.
For a schedule of the events visit Wagner's website.