Holocaust Survivor Speaks To Windsor Elementary Students

An 87-year-old survivor of the Holocaust in World War 2 has brought his personal story to elementary school children in Windsor.

Bill Glied was a prisoner in Auschwitz and Dachau concentration camps during the war.

He was just 13 when he was taken into custody by the Nazis in his homeland of Yugoslavia, in what is now Serbia.

He spoke to Grade 7 students at Mount Carmel Catholic School.

Glied says telling his story to Grade 7 students is appropriate because he was the same age as the students when he was put in the camp.

His message to the students is to get involved: "we have a duty and a responsibility as human beings to be involved, to do whatever we can in order to save human lives because all of us are human beings"

Glied says he is concerned about what's happening in the world today, describing it as a regression to populism.


Holocaust survivor Bill Glied (photo by AM800's Peter Langille)

He says it was hope that kept him going in the concentration camps.

He re-iterates to the kids he speaks with that "those who don't know their history are condemned to repeat it."