November 19, 2018
Students in Mr. Flossman's Grade 11 genocide history class at Waterdown High School have done it again: they have put together remarkable, museum-worthy exhibits focusing this year on the Holocaust and Holocaust denial and the Japanese internment in Canada. In addition, exhibits shown in previous years return, including a life-sized World War 1 trench and the story of the rise of the Third Reich, among many others.
The Waterdown Museum of History opened on Kristallnacht, Nov. 9 and runs until Nov. 23. This is its 5th year. Students have pulled together many artifacts, including original photos of the liberation of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, a German U-boat flag, a diorama of Anne Frank at her desk in The Annex and many stories. The stories are told by students who often have a direct connection to the material they are relating. They use story boards, complete with photos and other artifacts. One student related the story of his great-grandparents in the Netherlands, who hid several Jewish children at great personal risk to themselves.
The museum is open to the public from 10 am - 2 pm daily. Admission is $2.