May 25, 2023 / Modified may 26, 2023 2:49 p.m.

Children of the Holocaust: The story of Andrew Schot

Also on Arizona Spotlight: A look into the bird and plant species in Navopatia.

COTH Schot 04 1920 VIEW LARGER In 1950, Andrew (center front) sailed to the United States with his mother and sister Mimmie on the SS Veendam. He turned 19 during the crossing.
Andrew Schot

Arizona Spotlight

May 25, 2023

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Featured on the May 25th, 2023 edition of ARIZONA SPOTLIGHT with host Mark McLemore:

  • The highest concentration of organ pipe cactus is in Sonora, Mexico - in a narrow band along the Gulf of California in the southernmost part of the state. But it’s being lost to agriculture and other industries. We’ll learn more about efforts to study and conserve this unique habitat in this story by Kendal Blust for Fronteras.
Navopatia 2 spot Michael Krzywicki jots down the birds he sees and hears while doing a bird count on a plot in the pitayal.
Kendall Blust / KJZZ
Mangrove Warbler unsized VIEW LARGER A mangrove warbler is perched in the mangroves in the Agiabampo Estuary.
David Smith/Navopatia
Navopatia 11 spot That Navopatia Field Station sits within the pitayal costera on the edge of the Agiabampo Estuary in southern Sonora.
Kendall Blust / KJZZ
Cactus Wren unsized VIEW LARGER A cactus wren sits atop a pitaya in Navopatia.
Kendall Blust / KJZZ
Navopatia_7 unsized VIEW LARGER Intern Enrique Sanchez stands underneath a tower organ pipe cactus in the pitayal.
Kendall Blust / KJZZ
  • And, listen to the story of Tucson resident Andrew Schot. When he was only 11 years old, Schot and his sister went into hiding in the fields of Northern Holland to escape the Nazis. His harrowing tale of survival is part of “Children of the Holocaust” a living history series produced by Laura Markowitz for AZPM.
COTH Schot 01 1920 VIEW LARGER Andrew (far right) with friends before the Holocaust. His oldest sister, Antje (back row, in glasses), was killed by the Nazis at the start of the war.
Andrew Schot
COTH Schot 02 1920 VIEW LARGER In 1948, at age 17, Andrew (center bottom) was living with his mother and sister Mimmie in Amsterdam. He is posing with his amateur theatre group, which performed the musical Oklahoma (translated into Dutch).
Andrew Schot
COTH Schot 03 1920 VIEW LARGER Andrew, age 18.
Andrew Schot
COTH Schot 05 1920 VIEW LARGER Andrew in 1955. He served in the U.S. Army and then in the U.S. Air Force, retiring after more than 25 years.
Andrew Schot

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