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Holocaust Survivor Reminds Chappaqua Students Of The Past

Holocaust survivor Judith Altmann spoke to students at Horace Greeley High School.
Holocaust survivor Judith Altmann spoke to students at Horace Greeley High School. Photo Credit: Courtesy Chappaqua Central School District

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- Holocaust survivor Judith Altmann spoke to an assembly at Horace Greeley High School about her time in the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz during World War II.

Altmann was 14 years old when she was taken from her home in 1944, the same age as some of the 1,300 students who listened to her speak on Thursday, April 3, at the assembly arranged by the Student Council,

"Ms. Altmann's speech will focus on never giving up, staying true to who you are, and always remembering the past," said Student Council Treasurer David Shimer in an email to the school prior to her visit. "We are lucky to have her, and are confident that her message will resound with every member of our school's community."

Altmann was born in Jasina, Czechoslovakia, which was invaded by Germany in 1939. She said in the assembly that, “the men were drafted into labor camps and never seen again, and Jews were forced to wear yellow stars and walk along the gutters instead of on sidewalks. And my father was beaten and one of my sisters was deported and executed," according to a release.

“But the fear was the worst thing,” Altmann said. “One day in 1944, a group of German SS guards knocked on our door and told us we had half an hour to leave. We knew that wherever they were taking us, we were going to die.”

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