Holocaust survivors visit local schools

CHENANGO COUNTY – The Holocaust ended more than 60 years ago, but the effect the brutal killing of approximately six million people had on the world can still be felt to this day.

Over the next week, at least two area schools will welcome Holocaust survivors to the area to teach students and the public about a dark time in world history.

On Monday, May 19, Rubin Sztajer will speak about his experience in Nazi concentration camps. Sztajer, who now resides in Timonium, Maryland, was taken from his family in April of 1942 when he was 16-years-old. Many of his family members, he never saw again. Sztajer spent time at six different concentration camps, where work sometimes included moving dead bodies, and survived the death march before being liberated in April of 1945. During the time of the liberation, Sztajer fell into a coma, but his older sister stayed at his side to make sure no one would mistake him for dead. He later woke up in a make shift hospital. He eventually immigrated to the United States, where he met his wife of 54 years, Regina.

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