Students perform Holocaust opera

"It was such a bad time that it should be remembered," Christian Meola said.

The show's conductor, David Griggs Janower, said the show is appropriate to be performed for eighth-grade students because the opera is about defeating a bully.

"When children band together they can defeat a bully," Janower said.

"Learning about the Holocaust is part of the curriculum in the eighth grade," he said. "It is special and real, but when you meet someone who was present at that time, it is better than reading about it in a book."

"You have to be on guard and bring it (the Holocaust) up from time to time," Frank Leavitt, who plays the evil Brundibar, said. "Evil always reappears.""

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