Editor's note: The following release was published on Foxborough Regional Charter School's website.
Recently, Foxborough Regional Charter School welcomed New England Newspaper and Press Association Hall of Fame member Jack Authelet and his wife Marge for a special tour of the campus.
The Authelets brought with them several meaningful donations, asked thoughtful questions and shared stories about the stamps they were donating, collected by friends and family over the years.
In his retirement, Authelet, a Foxborough resident, is serving as the town's historian. After reading a recent article by Christine Igo Freeman, Mr. and Mrs. Authelet selected FRCS as the recipient for the following donations:
- Stamp Collection
- Writings by Jack Authelet
- Souvenirs from the U. S. Holocaust Museum, Washington D.C.
Click here to read Authelet’s article, “Eye Witness to History – Irma Geissler Harrington” an inspiring, moving life story about an amazing resident of Foxborough.
"We are very grateful to Foxborough resident Mr. Gabriel Trost, who frequently volunteers his time to Foxborough Regional Charter School and The Holocaust Stamps Project," FRCS said on its website. "He shares his personal story of his family’s escape from Poland prior to the start of World War II. Mr. Trost lost many of his family members in the Holocaust and our project is especially meaningful to him.
"During his visits he sorts, counts and prepares stamps for the CSL and Club students to use in the latest collage projects. Mr. Trost has volunteered to share his insight and experiences with our history classes. We appreciate his time and support of the school and project."
Donate Your L*O*V*E Stamps to FRCS Project
FRCS Holocaust Stamps Project Needs Your L*O*V*E! Save your Love stamps and donate to the school's stamps project.
Can you imagine a love so great that in order to save your child from harm—you put them on a train to live in another country? Imagine that you can’t go with them, and imagine that you might not ever see them again.
This thought actually defies our 21st century imaginations, but for thousands of families living in Germany this is exactly what they HAD to do to SAVE their children from the coming wave of violence and intolerance.
In progress, a new stamp collage featuring the Kindertransport. The Holocaust Stamps Remembrance Community Service classes celebrate this act of love that saved at least 10,000 children from the horrors of war and genocide. This collage will be featuring Love Stamps—any stamp that features the word love. Love stamps will be used to make the rails for the train in the collage. Also needed for this collage are stamps that feature children.
Visit the Kindertransport website to learn more about this time in history! “The first Kindertransport arrived at Harwich, England on Dec. 2, 1938, bringing 196 children from a Berlin Jewish orphanage burned by the Nazis during the night of Nov. 9. Most of the transports left by train from Vienna, Berlin, Prague and other major cities (children from small towns traveled to meet the transports), crossed the Dutch and Belgian borders, and went on by ship to England.
Hundreds of children remained in Belgium and Holland. The transports ended with the outbreak of war in September 1939. One very last transport left on the freighter Bodegraven from Ymuiden on May 14, 1940 – the day Rotterdam was bombed, one day before Holland surrendered – raked by gunfire from German warplanes. The 80 children on deck had been brought by earlier transports to imagined safety in Holland.
Altogether, though exact figures are unknown, the Kindertransports saved around 10,000 children, most of them Jewish, from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia and Poland. None were accompanied by their parents; a few were babies carried by children.”
Please send your Love stamps to: FRCS c/o Jamie Droste. Any and all postage stamps are accepted as progress is steadily made towards the ultimate goal of collecting 11 million stamps to honor the lives of those lost during the Holocaust.