Holocaust survivor speaks to Grand Rapids students

6:08 PM, Mar 9, 2011   |    comments
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Holocaust survivor Martin Lowenberg

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)- This year marks the 70th anniversary of the start of World War II and Wednesday, some Grand Rapids students got a history lesson from a Holocaust survivor.

Martin Lowenberg, 83, says he hopes to teach them about tolerance.  "When people start to hate, they should realize, this is not the way of life."

Lowenberg says it was hate that prompted the genocide of millions of people in Nazi Germany between 1939 and 1945.  Because he was fit and healthy, he was sent to a labor camp. He was separated from his younger twin brothers and parents, who were sent to a death camp.

Just after the end of the war, he was rescued and moved to the United States.  "It should really be a lesson that, to show where we are and what a wonderful life we can have in the great United States."

Lowenberg now lives in Michigan and speaks to students all over the Midwest.  As a living survivor of the Holocaust, he hopes to leave a lasting impression.  

By Sarah Sell

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