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Holocaust Survivor Shares Story with Students
A Holocaust Survivor Shares His Story to Inspire Respect and Tolerance
CORNING (WENY) -- A Holocaust survivor spoke to hundreds Tuesday night at the Corning Musuem of Glass to teach middle school students and adults about the importance of remembering.
Henry Silberstern was put into a Nazi camp when he was only 12 years old. He was only one of 89 boys singled out by the infamous Angel of Death -- Dr. Joseph Mengele -- for slave labor.
Silberstern's lecture is part of an annual remembrance event that was started by two local Holocaust survivors back in 2007. The goal of the event is teach students respect and tolerance.
"I think the message is more important for the young people in the audience because I was your age when I went through it," said Silberstern.
Silberstern lost his entire immediate family during the Holocaust, but has children and grandchildren, and continues to speak to audiences about his experience.