World War II (1939-1945)

School assignment brings back Holocaust memories

Campbell Hickman of Williamsburg is a sophomore at the Hampton Roads Academy. Her assignment was to write an essay on the Holocaust, but with a twist. The essay, based on research, should describe how survivors attempted to reunite with their families after the war ended.

Campbell did her research, but her mother, Susanna Hickman, a prominent local attorney, suggested she interview me, a survivor of the Holocaust.

“I recently had an opportunity to talk to Mr. Shatz,” Campbell wrote in her essay. “During our meeting, it became evident that he holds a positive attitude. He used this positivity, his will to survive and his desire to help others, as a driving force in his...