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Story of survival

Friday, April 15, 2011

Cherokee Washington High School recently hosted a very special guest speaker. Philip L. Gans, shown here being greeted by the WHS students, talked to the WHS student body about his experiences when he was their age.

Gans is a Holocaust survivor, and he was speaking to the WHS students during Tolerance Week. Tolerance Week is a week of learning to accept others for their differences. Mainly, this is a time for schoolteachers as well as parents to talk with their children about anti-bullying policies and building tolerance. Gans was born in Amsterdam, Holland, in 1928. The Nazis captured him on July 24, 1943, after a year in hiding. After a month at Westerbork detention camp in Holland, he was sent to Auschwitz from August, 1943 until January, 1945 and Flossenberg until April, 1945. The American Army rescued him from a death march on April 23, 1945. He was 17 years old. Photo by Mike Leckband

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