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Holocaust survivor shares story at Viterbo

Published On: Apr 11 2013 11:05:45 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 12 2013 06:51:55 AM CDT

As the years pass, fewer people are able to share first-hand experiences from the Holocaust. That's something Viterbo students were able to hear Thursday night.

Sam Harris lived in a ghetto in Poland when the Nazi's came and rounded up the neighborhood for deportation. He was just four years old.

Amidst the chaos, his dad pushed him out of line and told Sam to hide. He watched his family March to the rail cars and never saw them again.

Sam started sharing his story 20 years ago as a reminder of what happened and to motivate people to create a better world. "What happened to me is so bad being an orphan, seeing all those things, I don't want this to happen to anybody, anybody's children," said Harris.

Harris the president of the Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois and is leading an effort to build a new Holocaust Museum and Education Center.