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Holocaust survivor shares her story

A Holocaust survivor is making it her mission to teach others about the sacrifices so many women made to resist the Nazi movement while also sharing her personal story.

Posted: Mar 2, 2019 11:20 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - A Holocaust survivor is making it her mission to teach others about the sacrifices so many women made to resist the Nazi movement while also sharing her personal story.

The CANDLES Holocaust Museum is hosting a series of events to educate the public.

Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff was the guest speaker for two presentations Saturday. The first focused on highlighting the women who fought the Nazi movement and the second centered around her story of survival.

Kassenoff was a child when she and her family fled Nazi Europe in 1941. This was after her father escaped a Hungarian concentration camp. She says she had to run and hide to survive.

"Our family miraculously, two young parents, 33 years old taking with them a 4-year-old and a 9-month-old baby, managed to escape on the heels of Nazi occupation of eight countries through Lisbon and ultimately to safety to America."

She says it is important to integrate women into Holocaust education curriculum.

"When I first created this presentation on women in the Holocaust there did not seem to be very much told from the point of view of the women who resisted, who sacrificed, who helped during the Holocaust, who guided their families out as my mother did."

Her second presentation was part of the Be the Change speaker series at the CANDLES Holocaust Museum.

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