MONTVILLE, NJ – Max Calfo’s Holocaust and Genocide Studies class Skyped a Holocaust survivor in Connecticut and a historian in Rome at Montville Township High School on Wednesday, June 13. The students spoke with the guests about events of the Holocaust that occurred in Poland and Italy respectively.

Holocaust survivor Mira Binford, originally from Bedzin, Poland, directed “Diamonds in the Snow,” a documentary about her family’s Holocaust experiences. She is currently a professor emerita at Quinnipiac University. Binford was saved by Polish citizens Maria and Pawel Dyrda from 1943 to 1945.

Historian and author Antonio Areddu of Rome specializes in the history of modern Italy and teaches at a high school in Velletri, Lazio.

Through the sharing of first-hand accounts, as well as extensive historical research, both guests helped MTHS students understand the personal, political, historical and ongoing impact of the holocaust on individuals, nations and the world.