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Holocaust survivor shares his story of hope

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Holocaust survivor, Phillip Gans, spoke to a group in Osmond, Nebraska. Holocaust survivor, Phillip Gans, spoke to a group in Osmond, Nebraska.
A Holocaust survivor told his story of survival to a crowd in northeast Nebraska Tuesday night.

About 200 people packed into the Osmond Community School's gymnasium Tuesday night to hear Phillip Gans speak.

At 15 year old, Gans was sent to the Auschwitz Concentration Camp in August of 1943, and says he saw 21 family members killed before finally being rescued by American soldiers on April 23 1945.

Gans says he likes to leave the people he talks to with three things to think about.

"Don't give up hope, because I never gave up hope that I was going to die," says Gans.  "I figure I wanted to get out.  Erase the hate.  Don't use the word hate, and number three, don't be a bystander, because too many things happen and then "Oh it doesn't affect me" so they don't say anything."

Gans lives in Clearwater, Florida now, and travels all over the United States telling his story to students, community members, and visitors of the Holocaust Museum in Florida.

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