Today, my 7th graders had the amazing opportunity to hear from a Holocaust survivor, Lina "Lee" Edwards, speak about her escape from Nazi Germany via the Kindertransport, or Children's Transport. Mrs. Edwards eloquently told her life story starting when she was 10 years old living in Germany, her escape to England as a 15-year-old, her return to Frankfurt, Germany as an adult, and finally her move to Canada and America, until now as a 92-year-old living in Camarillo. The students listened in awe and admiration as she explained her struggles and her successes. She even shared her precious necklace given to her by her mother the day she was sent away to freedom. She encouraged students to "get a good education" and to always "stay positive" and "have a good attitude." It was a day I will always remember and I'm sure the kids will too. Thank you, Lee, for reminding us of what is important in life and for being a great role model and inspiration.
Click the image below to read a Ventura County STAR article about Lee Edwards: