Gr. 6 Speaker: Marie Doduck, Holocaust Survivor

Marie (Mariette) Doduck, Holocaust survivor, speaks to the Gr. 6 class.
Marie (Mariette) Doduck, Holocaust survivor, speaks to the Gr. 6 class.

On Wednesday, May 28th, the Grade 6 classes had the privilege to hear a special guest speaker. Marie Doduck, co-founder of the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, shared her enthralling and harrowing story of surviving the Holocaust as a child, and immigrating to Canada in 1947 as a 12 year-old orphan.

Marie, then known as Mariette, was the youngest of 11 children. She and seven of her siblings survived the war. Her mother and her brother Albert were murdered in Auschwitz, her brother Jean was hanged by the Gestapo, and her brother Simon, who was in a concentration camp, died three weeks after the war due to not being able to digest the food given to him by American and Canadian soldiers.

Marie survived by hiding and moving from country to country with the aid of her brother Jean, who was member of the French Resistance. She lived with non-jewish families, in a convent and in orphanages. Marie recounted memories of witnessing death for the very first time, hiding in a storm cellar, and in a bale of hay in a barn. She still bears a scar on her hand where a Nazi soldier stuck a pitch fork. She also assisted the French Resistance by passing on messages when she was moved from place to place.

Read more about Marie Doduck’s remarkable story of survival by clicking on the links below the video.

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Grade 6s Wrap Up Law Unit: Visit from a Supreme Court Justice and Lawyers

Law Visit - Grade 6
Senior criminal defence lawyer Mike Klein, Madam Justice Sandra K. Ballance, and legacy tax & trust lawyer Nick Smith, visit with the Grade 6s.

The Grade 6s wrapped up their six week unit on the Canadian justice system with a special visit coordinated by Jacqueline’s dad, Nick Smith, a  legacy tax & trust lawyer in Vancouver.

Mr. Smith invited Mike Klein, a senior criminal defence lawyer, and Madam Justice Sandra K. Ballance, a BC Supreme Court Justice, to speak with the class. Each member of the panel described what they did, which highlighted the vast differences of what one could do with a law degree. They also shared anecdotes from their most interesting cases.

Law Visit - Grade 6
The Grade 6s had lots of curious and well-informed questions for the panel.

The Grade 6s also had a chance to ask questions. Their questions were very curious and well-informed. Just the day before they had a visited the Law Courts downtown and had a chance to sit in on many cases. They also held their own mock trials in the classroom as part of their unit on the Canadian legal system.

Thank you to Madam Justice Ballance, Mr. Klein and Mr. Smith for taking time out of their busy schedules to visit with us, and for answering all our questions!