The paths of Germany’s lustrous countryside were riddled with crushed leaves. Their dull, orange hue, an offbeat offset to the vibrant green captured in the surrounding vegetation on the hills. The deep midnight blue still present in the sky, a hint at the early hour.
Through the Museum of Tolerance of Los Angeles, Holocaust survivor Betty Cohen has been telling her story multiple times to different people at various places. But what’s constant is the horror. Like a magmatic rock, the atrocious events of the Nazi genocide has solidified and survivors like Cohen carry the weight throughout their life.
After living together for a week in Germany, two students formed a bond like no other, rooted in history and sustained by the love of appreciating new cultures.
Minerva Ochoa’s parents didn’t go to college, but that didn’t stop her from pursuing an education at Pasadena City College. What was once a pipe dream for the young woman from the city of Calexico is now a reality. This summer, Ochoa will join fellow students Jenny Chang and Bernadette Sebastian in an exchange program to another country.
With hundreds of thousands of migrants on a cross-country journey in search of a new life requesting asylum all appearing at once, Europe as a whole is in panic and cannot agree on how to accommodate these uninvited guests.