On April 23, Garrison Forest Upper School observed Yom HaShoah, a day commemorating victims of the Holocaust. Herta Baitch, a Holocaust survivor and grandmother of GFS alumnae Casey Rosenberg ’11 and Carly Rosenberg ’15, shared her story of survival with the Upper School during Grizzly Gathering to commemorate the day.
GFS seniors and Jewish Student Association (JSA) leaders Amanda Fruman and Emily Fairbrother organized the visit which began with student presentations. Following the presentations, Mrs. Baitch shared her harrowing story with the audience. Born in Vienna, Austria, Mrs. Baitch was one of several students chosen to leave Europe to be rescued from the Nazis. Mrs. Baitch’s mother died during the Holocaust and her father died soon before she left Austria. She was raised in foster care in the United States.
The Garrison Forest community is fortunate to be connected through our students with those willing to share their stories and courageously make history real to our community. In March, Holocaust survivor Ingrid Hess and great-grandmother of Jenna Crain ’23 shared her story with the Middle School.
Thank you, Mrs. Baitch for sharing your story and helping Garrison Forest to commemorate Yom HaShoah. A special thank you also to Amanda and Emily for helping to arrange the visit.