Middle school students hear about a Holocaust survivor's experience

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POSTED: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 10:43am

UPDATED: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 12:21pm

2013 marks 80 years since the Holocaust began in 1933.  It's estimated that less than 10 percent of the Jewish population living in Poland at the time survived.

Max Glauben, whose last name means "to believe," is one of those brave survivors.

Students at Fossum Middle School filed into the library for a lesson that goes beyond the pages of a textbook.  Holocaust survivor Max Glauben shared details of his experience as a young boy in Poland trying to survive during one of the most gruesome periods in human history.

"The story of the Holocaust has to be told to the new generation, but it needs to be delivered in a manner that does not create hate."

Glauben's goal is to help kids recognize the significance of the Holocaust by giving the students something that he was denied as a Jewish child, an education and the right to learn freely.

"I was not allowed to come in and listen to anybody and I was not allowed to have a teacher that would teach me other than the Jewish teachers in the basements."

When Glauben was just 13 years-old, everyone in his immediate family had been killed and he was living alone in a Nazi concentration camp.  Glauben says there's something gratifying in telling the students about his hardships and seeing their reaction as they listen attentively to his story.

"I learn every time I come by the questions they ask me, but more than that is the interest and goodness that they process.  That's what intrigues me and that is my reward for speaking."

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