Mr. Martin Lowenberg, who is associated with the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills, spoke to over 100 West Middle School eighth-grade ELA students recently. Mr. Lowenberg is a Holocaust survivor. He survived the concentration camps where he was imprisoned for four years beginning at the age of 13.
During this horrific time in history, Mr. Lowenberg told students of how his parents and younger twin brothers were killed at the hands of the Nazis. The Lowenbergs lost everything during that period of time, from their home, family business. synagogue and education.
He encouraged students to appreciate the greatest country on earth, America. He warned us not to take our education for granted. Through education we learn to love and not hate people we perceive to be different from us. We must never repeat the mistakes of the past.
The character development concept that week was perseverance. Mr. Lowenberg completely embodies this character trait. Despite his terrible past history, Mr. Lowenberg has not carried on this legacy of hate.
He loves his family, his religion, his neighbors far and wide and this country. His story of overcoming obstacles is a lesson we all need to take to heart. Staff and students at West are grateful to Mr. Lowenberg for reminding us to be vigilant in our defense of our freedoms. We must treat all people with kindness and above all never let the mistakes of the past be repeated.