2018-03-11 / News

NL High School hosts annual student-created Holocaust Museum

By Mandilee Hecht
Staff Reporter


New Lothrop 10th graders, left to right, Landon Miller and Andrew Milks are shown here describing their project to visitors during the school’s annual Holocaust Museum held March 8. New Lothrop 10th graders, left to right, Landon Miller and Andrew Milks are shown here describing their project to visitors during the school’s annual Holocaust Museum held March 8. NEW LOTHROP – For the third year in a row, seventh and 10th grade students at New Lothrop High School hosted a student-created Holocaust Exhibit in the school’s gymnasium. The event comes on the shirttails of the annual student field trips to the Holocaust Memorial exhibit in Farmington Hills that took place this year on Feb. 21 and 22. Students use the experience to help prepare for their school Holocaust Museum – an English project organized by English teachers Jen Countegan (seventh and eighth grade) and Kia Robison (10th and 11th).

Students worked for two and one-half weeks in order to create their exhibits – 22 total projects were presented during the school museum on Wednesday, March 8. Each group is comprised of a mix of both grades in order to mix older students with the younger seventh-grade class.


This boat project represented Denmark as it sent its Jewish population to Sweden to save them from the Holocaust. Pictured are, left to right, seventh graders Ayden Wygal and Cole Yaros. This boat project represented Denmark as it sent its Jewish population to Sweden to save them from the Holocaust. Pictured are, left to right, seventh graders Ayden Wygal and Cole Yaros. Students created a variety of scenes – dimly-lit areas, diagrams and informational posters, to a fog-machine replica gas chamber, a replica chain-link fence restriction area, and a variety of other World War II- inspired settings. One project used a full-size rowboat in order to represent how Denmark saved almost all of its Jewish residents from the Holocaust by evacuating them by boat to Sweden.

The event was open to the public, with community members visiting while students explained their individual exhibits.

Countegan said the students take their projects seriously through hours of study and research and talking about the horrific experiences that took place during that time.


Kadie Gross (right) is shown here dressed as a Nazi soldier, while Abby Angst reads their project. Kadie Gross (right) is shown here dressed as a Nazi soldier, while Abby Angst reads their project. The teachers said they felt this year’s exhibit appeared to be the best one to-date.

“They did a beautiful job this year,” Robison said.



Seventh grader Olivia Birchmeier helped display this scene that featured Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini. Seventh grader Olivia Birchmeier helped display this scene that featured Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.

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