In wake of Newport swastika party, Valley high schoolers listen to local Holocaust survivors at Jewish Home of the Aging

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Holocaust survivor Zoya Moyal shakes 15-year-old Austin Janda’s hand as sophomores from Crespi Carmelite High School hear Holocaust survivors’ stories at the Los Angeles Jewish Home during a dialogue on anti-Semitism at the Reseda home on Thursday, March 14, 2019. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

Crespi Carmelite High School students visit with Holocaust survivors at the Los Angeles Jewish Home to hear their stories and have a dialogue on anti-Semitism at the Reseda home on Thursday, March 14, 2019. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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Holocaust survivor Ruven Kosman, right, speaks to Crespi Carmelite High School students with Dov Zelkowitz at the Los Angeles Jewish Home during a dialogue on anti-Semitism at the Reseda home on Thursday, March 14, 2019. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

Rabbi Ron Goldberg speaks with Holocaust survivors Zoya Moyal, Dena Yarmus and Charlotte Seeman as Crespi Carmelite High School students visit with Holocaust survivors at the Los Angeles Jewish Home to hear their stories and have a dialogue on anti-Semitism at the Reseda home on Thursday, March 14, 2019. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

Holocaust survivor Zoya Moyal kisses 15-year-old Sam Negev as sophomores from Crespi Carmelite High School visit the Los Angeles Jewish Home to hear Holocaust survivors’ stories and have a dialogue on anti-Semitism at the Reseda home on Thursday, March 14, 2019. Negev, who has grandparents who fled Poland, said meeting the survivors makes everything seem real. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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Zelda Moyal’s story of persistence, defiance and pride began in Vilna, Poland, resumed in Israel and endures in Reseda.

“It’s important for kids to know,” said 90-year-old Moyal on Thursday, clutching the walker she calls “The Cadillac.”

At the Jewish Home of the Aging, Moyal was among five of the center’s 61 Holocaust survivors who outlined how the armed forces of Nazi Germany murdered their families and upended their young lives. Their audience, some 20 sophomores and staff members from Crespi Carmelite High School, a Roman Catholic school for boys, responded with rapt attention and polite applause.

Peering at the audience of wide-eyed young men through a pair of oversized coral-rimmed eyeglasses, Moyal said she believed it was vital for her to share this synopsis of her life.

“I don’t want this to happen again,” she declared, on the heels of the national controversy stirred by a photograph of students partying a Nazi swastika at a …read more

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