Lily Robinson, a survivor of the Holocaust from Bulgaria, will speak to eighth graders at Rolling Hills Middle School this upcoming Thursday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m.
Robinson's story is a unique one that covers a relatively obscure part of Holocaust history, said 8th grade Language Arts teacher Freddy Dominguez.
Robinson was born in 1939, and her country of Bulgaria became a part of the Axis Powers a mere two years later.
Then in 1943, the Nazis ordered the deportation of Bulgaria's Jewish population to the camps.
However, with the help of Bulgarian people, Tsar Boris III, and the Russian Orthodox Church, Jewish families, like Robinson's, were able to hide from the Nazis, said Dominguez.
Robinson will share the experiences of her and her family with the students of Rolling Hills Middle School.
In preparation for her visit, students have been studying about the history of the Holocaust, have been reading The Diary of Anne Frank, and have been writing questions to ask Lily about her experiences, said Dominguez.
Robinson's presentation was set-up with the support of Jewish Family and Children Services in San Francisco.
Rolling Hills Middle School is located at 130 Herman Avenue in Watsonville.