Third-grader Hayden at Lincoln Elementary did not know on Wednesday that his year is the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, that fact didn’t really come up in her research.
But touch her shoulder as she sat quietly, and a holocaust victim — one that never went to a concentration camp — would spring to life.
"Hello, my name is Anne Frank. I was born in Frankfort, Germany, June 12, 1910," Hayden would begin.
You would hear that when Anne was four years old, Adolph Hitler would become the leader of Germany — and that he "did not like Jews." Anne and her family would move to Amsterdam, and could not escape when Hitler attacked.
"We could no longer own our business, have a job or go to the movies," Hayden said.
Anne would die of disease while in hiding. Millions more died in concentration camps like Auschwitz.
Hayden was participating in the third grade’s Living Wax Museum. Students researched historical figures, created a poster about that figure and then dressed as the figure. They each wrote a script to present when asked, or touched on the shoulder like a was museum piece.
Historical figures represented Wednesday included Clara Barton, Donald Trump, Orville Wright, Pocahantas, Levi Strauss, Sally Ride, Alex Morgan, Muhammed Ali, Helen Keller, Abigale Adams, Francis Scott Key, Mae C. Jemison, Neil Armstrong, Mary Cassat, Jackie Robinson, Rosa Parks, Daniel Boone, Picasso, Michael Jordan, George Washington, John F. Kennedy, Roberto Clemente, Steve Irwin, Dolley Madison, Rembrandt, Ben Franklin, Jane Goodall, Harriet Tubman, Albert Einstein, Nartin Luther King Jr., George Washington Carver, Elizabeth Blackwell, Davey Crockett, Sacagawea and Abraham Lincoln.