Roman Gladiator and Circus Maximus- Joey Sears

My topic is the Roman Gladiator and Circus Maximus and sports. Roman gladiators were usually slaves of war captives. They were put into the Coliseum to fight to the death. When someone first becomes a gladiator they have to go through vigorous training and go through obstacle courses. To prepare they have to practice hand to hand combat with a variety of weapons. Usually gladiators have their weapon of choice but occasionally they were required to fight with a randomly selected weapon. Once in the arena, the gladiator would go on to fight an animal or another person. If they fought another person, they would usually fight to the death unless the Emperor said otherwise. If they fought an animal they would fight until they died or the animal died. Also, another topic I did was Circus Maximus. The main sport event that was held here was chariot racing. This was a very dangerous sport in which many died. If you crashed in a chariot you would most likely die which is why it was so dangerous.

Survivor Letter J. Sears

Link to Photo

Virginia Holocaust Museum

2000 East Cary Street

Richmond, VA 23223

December 3, 2014



Dear Solomon Radasky:


My name is Joey Sears and I’m the curator of the Virginia Holocaust Museum. I am very interested in the story about when you were in the Warsaw Ghetto. I am writing to you today because I would like to make your story of when you were in the Warsaw Ghetto into an exhibit. I have read your tale over and over again and I believe it would make the perfect exhibit. The reason I am writing to you, however, is because I would like your permission to make all of this possible.


From my research you were a furrier and train track clearer at the Warsaw Ghetto. I have found this photograph that relates to your story very well. It is a picture of the Warsaw Ghetto and the cars that brought people there. When I saw this photo I immediately thought of you and your story. Some of the connections were very distinct. One that really caught my eye was the wall and how people said it was almost impossible to get around. Another was how sad and gloomy it looks. I also remembered you talking about the uprising which I believe occurred not long after that photo was taken. Another observation I made, and I cannot tell if it is a train or some type of vehicle, in the picture was how you said it was your job to clear snow off of the train tracks to keep them running.


I would very much appreciate it if you gave me your permission to let me show your life inside the Ghetto through an exhibit. It would very much contribute to the surrounding artifacts and I can guarantee it would be well kept up. If you agree I have some questions for you to make this exhibit even better. During your stay at the Ghetto did you meet anyone else who shared your experience? If so, what happened to them and why? Also, when you got moved to a concentration camp what was going through your mind? Another question that I have is did you have another job inside the camp besides a furrier and a track cleaner? If so, why did you have this job or why did they make you do it. This is a question I have been long pondering. I read that sometimes the Nazi’s just made the Jews work for no reason, did you have any work that relates to this or was your work actually beneficial to them? If you so choose please answer those questions as they will be much of help to the exhibit.


Thank you for reading this letter and thank you for your consideration. Again this will be a very beneficial exhibit to the museum and I’m sure our guests will enjoy reading about your story.




Joey Sears