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This week on Points North, after school bonds fail, some districts keep asking taxpayers again and again to change their minds. One small district in northern Michigan is renewing their attempt. Plus, more religious discrimination allegations against Bay View and local musicians play a violin that made it through the Holocaust.

Libor Ondras holds a violin from the 'Violins of Hope' project. It's a collection of violins that made it through the Holocaust.
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During the Holocaust, some six million Jewish people were killed. Some of them were musicians. 

Currently, the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra has a violin which made it through the Holocaust. The violin is a rich brown color and has a beautiful inlaid Star of David decorating the back of it.

Adler family

Seventy five years ago this month, the United States declared war on Germany during World War II. That declaration had a dramatic impact on a Jewish family living in Austria and their family members who escaped the Holocaust and settled in Traverse City.


Irene Miller poses with a dog, during her childhood. She'll share her Holocaust survival story tonight at the Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City.
Irene Miller

Irene Miller fled Poland when she was about five years old in order to escape the Holocaust. She and her family dealt with soldiers breaking into her home in the middle of the night, a freezing labor camp, starvation, and more. 

Still, she says she has no bitterness towards those who wronged her.

"I am not angry, I am absolutely not bitter," Irene says. "I feel I have a lot of joy of living and a lot of love to share with others."

Irene Miller recounts her remarkable story in the book, Into No Man's Land. She'll share her story tonight at the Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City.

She says it's important to remember what took place, so we can avoid similar situations in the future.

Click here for more information about tonight's event.

This week Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill adding genocide instruction to social studies curriculum in eighth grade through high school.

Most people are aware of the Holocaust, in which Germans murdered millions of people during World War II.

Adler Family

In 1939 a young Jewish family fled their home in Vienna to escape the Holocaust. Henry and Ilse Adler and their baby came to Traverse City when they were sponsored by Congregation Beth Shalom, formerly Congregation Beth El.

But they didn’t know what had happened to family they’d left behind. 

Then in 1948, three years after World War II  ended, Ilse got a letter from her parents. It was written on toilet paper in diary form, describing how they'd fled from Vienna to Hungary.

Surviving The Holocaust Underground

Apr 30, 2014

According to rumors, a group of Ukrainian Jews had lived in a cave for 18 months to evade the Gestapo in World War II. 

In 1993, veteran caver Chris Nicola was the first American to explore the cave in Ukraine. After searching for 10 years, Nicola found some of the 38 survivors. Wednesday night, a documentary about some of the survivors’ return to the cave will be shown at the State Theatre in Traverse City.

Chris Nicola says when he first went down in the cave, it looked lived-in.