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Fredin, Linda | University of Michigan-Dearborn Archives

Name: Fredin, Linda

Historical Note:

Linda Fredin is a pre-AP English teacher at Cavelero Mid-High in Everett, Washington.  As part of the curriculum, Fredin requires her students to read Elie Wiesel's "Night."  Beginning with the 2008-2009 school year, Fredin also required the each of the students to visit the Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive website, select a survivor to which he or she related, and, using symbolism, tell the survivor's story in a children's book format.

Upon completion of the unit, Fredin had what she felt were the best books professionally bound.  The students whose books were bound were asked to write a letter to their survivor, telling him or her why they selected them.  The books and letters were then forwarded to Voice/Vision to be distributed to the survivors or family members.  To give something back to the Archive, Fredin granted Voice/Vision permission (with students' parental consent) to photocopy the books to keep in the physical archive as well as digitize them for publication on its website.

In October 2009, Fredin won the school district's Apple Award for excellence in her area of expertise.

Sources: Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive newsletters and the November 9, 2009, Everett, Washington, HeraldNet at http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20091109/LIVING/711099965/1027.
Note Author: Monica C. Brady

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