Judith Altmann Virtually Visits Polson Middle School
For the past eleven years Polson Middle School has had the honor of welcoming Holocaust survivor Judith Altmann to campus for a conversation with students. Despite school buildings currently being closed to visitors due to the pandemic, Polson staff made sure students did not miss out on hearing Ms. Altmann tell her story.
Students engaged in a school-wide virtual assembly with 96-year old Judith Altmann on Monday, May 3. The entire school stopped classes and tuned in as she visited with some Polson teachers to tell her life story.
Judith Altmann: Judith Altmann was 14 years old when Germany invaded her hometown in Czechoslovakia. She was forced into a ghetto and later taken to several concentration camps, including Auschwitz, after which she survived the death march to Bergen Belsen before the camp was liberated by British soldiers in 1945. After the war, she was given the opportunity to go to Sweden where she lived until 1948, at which time she immigrated to the United States.
Ms Altmann has extensive experience speaking in schools, is a member of the Holocaust & Human Rights Education Speakers Bureau, and is Vice President of the Holocaust Child Survivors of Connecticut.