Holocaust survivor gives students an important history lesson

Rachel Miller says she will never forget what happened to her family during the Holocaust.
Rachel Miller says she will never forget what happened to her family during the Holocaust.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Cape Central High School is putting on the play The Diary of Anne Frank. To help the performers and students fully understand the importance of this event in history, the school brought in a survivor of the Holocaust.

Rachel Miller says she will never forget what happened to her family during the Holocaust.

"It was just horrific," said Miller. "I lost my whole family. I'm the only one that survived."

Miller was one of four children.

"The school that I went to, 1,253 children were killed," said Miller.

Miller says it is difficult to talk about, but she wants people to know what happened.

"Twenty years from now, there will two lines in a history book," Miller said. "By talking with them, maybe there will be three lines instead of two."

Miller says she immigrated to the United States in 1946.

She graduated from high school four years later and married her husband that same year.

Miller wants people to remember that her family that isn't with her anymore.

"I am an orphan, but I want people to know that I had a family and my family existed," said Miller. "I want them to see who they were and how important they were."

The Diary of Anne Frank was the inaugural performance in the new Richard Kinder Performance Hall at the high school.

April is Holocaust Remembrance Month.

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