Almost 80 years later, a survivor of the Holocaust, received an honorary diploma from an Ohio high school, where she had a special bond with the students after a visit to a guest speaker.
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Paula Marks-Bolton, a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor from West Bloomfield, Mich., walked across the graduation stage Sunday as she received an honorary diploma from Lake High School in the vicinity of Toledo.
“What does this mean for me after all these years, and studied in the United States of America, in the beautiful country that I love so much, it is the greatest honor,” she told the Toledo Blade.
In 2013, Brands-Bolton, who was born in Ozarkow, Poland, spoke at a Holocaust commemoration, in which a group of eighth graders from the Secondary School visited. The students listen to Brands-Bolton talk about love and tolerance, and her experiences during the second world War.
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“We have studied about the Holocaust, but they made the story feel real,” said Park, a high school diploma, who first met Brands-Bolton in the high school, according to NBC24.
Marks-Bolton said she was a prisoner in Auschwitz, Ravensbruck and other concentration camps during her teenage years after the Nazis invaded Poland when she was 13, according to the Toledo Blade. Because she was in the camps, they could not go to school.
The high school students kept in touch with the Brands-Bolton in the course of the years. They write letters and send care packages. They invited her to come back to Ohio to speak and spend time with them on a number of occasions, according to the Magazine.
By the time the high school students reached high school, they eventually came up with the idea of giving her an honorary doctorate.
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“She took lessons, but never actually got to graduate,” said graduate Kayla Saffran. “It is very special to let her walk with our class.”
Marks-Bolton would have graduated from high school in 1944, therefore, the school has given her a special graduation cap tassel with a charm for that year.