What’s in Your Suitcase?
What’s in Your Suitcase? – Ocean County art teacher Rita Williams believes people of all ages need to be aware of the Holocaust, and the lessons should not be limited to history. Williams teaches her second graders at Dr. Gerald H. Woehr Elementary School in Plumsted Township about the Holocaust through art. She received a grant from Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for her project called “What’s In Your Suitcase?” This project was inspired by a trip that she made to the Terezin camp in the Czech Republic where she learned about Friedl Dicker-Brandeis who taught art to the children. When she was told she would be deported, she packed a suitcase full of art supplies. Rita realized that Friedl brought art into the horrible darkness of the camp, giving the children light and hope. This story includes social justice issues.