The headline, "Chautauqua Lake group visits Holocaust sites in Europe" that appeared in the June 7 OBSERVER was most significant. Having been a teenager during World War II, I remember how horrible it was, particularly when I lost my favorite uncle and knew of others who lost family members.
I applaud Leaigh-Anne Hendrick, the teacher who is making sure today's youths gain knowledge of just what a Holocaust and genocide are. And for these nine young ladies to see first hand where those atrocities happened, this will be a visit they will never forget. Better yet, when they enter adult life, they will be more aware of forces that could destroy their freedom, and they will make sure their co-workers, friends and family are aware of what it means to be free.
As for Mrs. Hendrick's "elective," I would vote in a second to have the Holocaust become a permanent full-time requirement for all students in all schools in the United States.
ANN E. WEIDMAN,