Maryland school named for Holocaust survivor

A new public elementary school named after a Holocaust survivor opened in Silver Spring, Md.

The Flora M. Singer Elementary School, whose name was unanimously approved by the Montgomery County Board of Education on May 8, opened its doors to students Sept. 3.

Singer, who died in 2009 at the age of 79, spent three years hiding in a Belgian convent during World War II with her two sisters, according to Bethesda Magazine. She later taught in the public school system in Silver Spring and Potomac, Md.

Singer, who frequently traveled to share her personal story, was reportedly inspired to action when she encountered a flier on her car suggesting that the Holocaust was a hoax. — jta