Once again the students were blown away by Noemi’s presentation. Anyone who can hold the attention of middle school students for 75 minutes is truly remarkable. You could have heard a pin drop in the huge auditorium. A high school student made a card for her, and I wanted to quote part of it so that other Holocaust survivors may want to share their stories.
"I hope that you enjoyed your trip to Taiwan. I grew up here, so this is my home, but my family is in Israel, and my father’s uncle was a Holocaust survivor as well; sadly he past away a year ago. He NEVER spoke about it, which is why I admire ... more...
Last Comment By Barbara Bray October 28, 2009 -- 10:27 PM
Today Noémi spoke to the juniors and seniors. The students were again captivated by her story, but the students who spoke to Noémi right after her talk were much more emotional. Many told her how she had changed their lives, and hoped that some day that they would be able to inspire people like she inspired them. Both Sally and I were in tears after one of the young men spoke of how she inspired him, and how he wanted to demonstrate his respect for ... more...
Last Comment By Keshawn June 14, 2016 -- 06:27 AM
Today Noemi gave her first talk to the ninth and tenth grade students about her experience of the Holocaust. Her message of hope, love, and understanding was warmly accepted by the students and staff of TAS. When she told her story to the 500 plus students, you could hear a pin drop.
Later in the day, she met with two groups of students who were given the opportunity to ask her questions. The questions were fascinating. For me the most interesting question was: Do you hate the Nazis? She said that she did not hate them. She felt pain.
Last night Pat and Robin took the three of us to the school’s production of the Pajama Game. It was simply spectacular! There were 100+ students and over 30 faculty involved in this production. The singing and choreography were excellent. Spending time at TAS really gave me a great feel of what this community is all about. Everyone was warm, welcoming, and everyone truly loves being a part of this community.
We did a little sight seeing today and finished the day off with dinner Robin and Pat’s. They had an Italian dinner in honor of Noemi and they invited three other families from the school ... more...
Last Comment By Jane June 14, 2016 -- 06:27 AM
After sleeping for 12 hours, we finally have some energy! Today we met up with our friends Robin and Pat who helped arrange this once in a lifetime trip for the three of us. Everyone is excited to meet Noemi, and they are all excited about hearing her story. The TAS is having an international food festival today so we were able to meet several of the teachers and students who are a part of this wonderful community. The excitement of the students, staff and parents was very evident. They love this school!
I took many photos today to show what we did visiting the school and the jade and flower ... more...
Last Comment By Flip June 14, 2016 -- 06:26 AM
After leaving Seattle last night, actually 2 AM Thursday morning, we arrived in Taipei at 5:45 AM Friday morning. We had a great flight, but were extremely tired. After a short nap we put away our clothes and met Noemi for lunch.
After lunch, John Vander Boom, an associate principal at TAS, took us on a tour of the National Palace Museum. There is a special exhibit on display called Harmony and Integrity: Emperor Yongzheng and His Times. This collection is on loan from mainland China. This is the first time this collection or any collection from mainland China has been shared with the ... more...
Last Comment By Ken Bakken October 23, 2009 -- 03:50 PM
The day is finally here for our journey to Taipei! Noemi is excited about the trip as are we. We take off from Bellingham this evening at 7:30 and then take off from SeaTac Airport at 2AM tomorrow morning (Thursday). I’m not a night owl, so it will be a challenge to stay up that late. We are taking EVA Airlines which takes us from Seattle to Taipei; it is a 12 hour nonstop direct flight!
The Taipei American School (TAS) has been great to work with in coordinating all of the arrangements of the trip. This type of trip would have been impossible for a public school to get arranged and funded in such a short ... more...
Last Comment By Elly June 14, 2016 -- 06:27 AM
Next week, my wife Sally and I are escorting Noemi Banto the Taipei American School in Taiwan. Noemi is my daughter-in-law’s grandmother. At 87 years young Noemi has more energy than I do. She has told her story of survival to thousands of students all over Washington State as well as other parts of the country. The purpose of my blog is to give you updates about our journey together.