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Auschwitz survivor speaks to students at West High School

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) - In honor of tolerance week, students at one local school expanded their learning outside of the class room.

Auschwitz survivor, Philip Gans spoke to students at West High School about his experiences in the concentration camps.

Gans was taken from his home in Amsterdam at the age of 15 where he was sent to the Auschwitz Concentration Camp.    

There, he was labeled with a number and he was later sent to Flossenberg.

On April 23 of 1945 at the age of 17 he was liberated.

"I felt pretty excited to just to see and hear how he felt about what happened with him in person ," said Trey Vanderschaaf, Student.

"It makes it better to hear first hand accounts rather than reading it in a book," said Luis Rivera, Student.

Gans is the only survivor out of 21 people on his father's side.

Gans says hope is what kept him going.
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