Patricians and Plebeians-Ari Pardis

One of the Roman social classes was the Patricians; they were known to be the high class. The Patricians lived in big, beautiful decorated homes. The outside of the homes contained few windows to maintain privacy. As you enter the home, you appear in a room known as the Atrium. The Atrium is a central communal room which was decorated with mosaics, carpets, sculptures, and more. Many of the Patricians held jobs in political, religious, and military offices. They were second in the social class, right under emperors. They wore white wool or expensive linen in a type of toga formation style. They enjoyed wheat porridge, fruits and vegetables mainly; sometimes they ate olives, wine, and rodents! The children were given the chance to have a good education and learned skills from their parents. Most of these families were proud of their accomplishments and wanted to show off their homes. They hosted dinner parties and played games with their friends and families. Another activity they attended was chariot races, theater, and sometimes spend time in the bath houses because they had gyms, libraries and shops. The Patrician class was far different than the Plebeian class because of wealth and power.

Survivor Letter – Ari Pardis

Virginia Holocaust Museum
2000 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23223

Dear Chaim Engel,

My name is Ari Pardis, I work for the Virginia Holocaust Museum as a curator. Recently, our museum has received multiple photographs and survivor stories of victims in the Holocaust. As I began my studies, I stumbled upon a photograph of 6 Jewish Partisans near a forest. I wasn’t aware of who these men were doing or what they were doing, so I went further back and found more information on them and this photo. These partisans escaped and murdered the murderers; hiding in forests and went on a killing spree against the Nazis. I was curious to how many people participated in this gang and what the conditions were like. As I read through many, many stories I came upon yours. Your story wasn’t the exact same concept because you weren’t named a partisan, as I read, but I saw you did many similar things to a partisan. I was hoping you would be able to answer a few questions for me to allow me to continue my studies.

Your story really showed me the strength you had to escape from the Nazis. As I began comparing your story and the photo, I continued gathering more information about the photo of the Partisans. I learned about how they had escaped concentration camps and had to live in the forest in harsh conditions, traveling to find and kill the Nazis. The climax of you story was when you and others revolted and killed the guards at the death camp and went to the forest. You and your girlfriend lived there until you moved to Israel and then to the United States. This story compared very well because your actions were very similar to the partisans actions like killing the Nazis and living in the forest until you could be safe in the open.

I was hoping you were willing to allow the Virginia Holocaust Museum to display your story amongst others? I think people don’t understand how inhumane this event in history was and need to see it for themselves. There are still people in the world who believe this never happened and if I were you I would be livid with those people. They need to see how grisly this period was for you and other survivors and all the tragedies that had occurred. I was wondering if you can explain to me the horrific sightings you saw when you arrived at the death camp, and how the people were being killed? Also, in more detail could you tell me about your escape from the camp and killing the guards? Lastly, I am curious about you and your spouse’s living conditions in the forest?

Thank you for reading my letter and I hope to get back to you in the near future. Please consider my offer, we all want the citizens to learn more about this time and be more aware of history. Thank you again.

Ari Pardis