Holocaust survivor speaks to students
Michael DeLucca | My Central New Jersey | March 13, 2009
On March 11, Dunellen High School social studies teacher Michael DeLucca invited 82 year old Holocaust Survivor Clara Kramer to speak with Juniors and Seniors of the school. Principle Gene Mosley welcomed her to the podium and the assembly was privileged to hear the remarkable story of survival. As a teenager, she survived for 20 months in a crawlspace under a house. The area that was dug out, house 15 other people including her immediate family, mother, father and sister. Each person endured rations of 2 cups of water a day to drink and bathe with as well as small amounts of rotten potatoes to eat.
The crawlspace had very little air and almost no light. During a fire that had broke out in the upstairs portion of the house, Mrs. Kramer's father and sister were killed by the Nazi's shortly after. This remarkable event was a once in a lifetime experience for the students and they responded very well.
Mrs. Kramer kept a diary during her entire time hiding out which is now on display at the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC. Her story will come to life in a book entitled "Clara's War" due for release in April. There is also the possibility of a movie to be made.
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Fifteen Jewish people spent 20 months living together in a crawl space. I hope Mr Blume averted his eyes as Clara dropped her drawers, and passed a stool in the corner.
Hey, if you're going to spin these tales, at least make them believable. Two cups of water per day for drinking and bathing? Two cups is 16 ounces of water, not near enough for a body to survive on. Add in the rotted potatoes for food and within months, you'd either be dead from malnutrition, dehydration or food poisoning... or all three.