On Nov. 12, the day on which the prom photo went viral, the book “Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom” by Ariel Burger was also released. I recommend it.
Nobel Laureate, activist and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, about whom the book is written, spent his life speaking out against injustice and persecution worldwide, educating against indifference and challenging students to examine moral complexity. Wiesel’s book “Night,” about his death camp experience, is required reading in many schools.
Whether or not the boys in the photo meant it or not, this is a teachable moment for all. The plan to send students overseas to visit concentration camps is not something that all 1,000 students can afford to do. I would love to see a Baraboo “read” in which all of us read or reread “Night,” followed by small discussion groups throughout Baraboo with old and young participating.
Also, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, at University of Wisconsin-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County’s theater, Matthew Rothschild, former editor of The Progressive magazine and executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, will be speaking on How Democracies Die in which he will discuss combating fascism at a free event. All are welcome and students especially are encouraged.
Sue Holmes, Baraboo