Holocaust survivor addresses packed house
“I would pray to the Lord hoping to die”
By JOE L. HUGHES II Ledger Staff Writer joe@gaffneyledger.com
Sitting on a ground littered with straw and eating a stale piece of bread while at a Nazi concentration camp during World War II, a 16-year-old Jewish girl named Nesse Godin sometimes wondered whether she would be better off dead.

Holocaust survivor shares stories of genocide

Eric Chouinard

Holocaust survivor Ernest Michel speaks in front of a large audience Monday in the Mabel Brown Room.

“My father was arrested, my apartment was ransacked and my mother was beaten,” reflected Ernest Michel, an 84-year-old Holocaust survivor, when speaking to a packed audience in the Mabel Brown on Sept. 17.

“We owe it to the victims, we owe it to ourselves, our history, and our future to never forget,” said Michel.

Michel was one of two speakers addressing the crowd at the 10th annual Holocaust Memorial Lecture, which stresses the importance of preserving the history of the Holocaust.


Students learn how perfect pebbles aided Holocaust survivor
Author brings her message of hope to Westminster Catawba school
By Jessica Schonberg · jschonberg@heraldonline.com
Published 09/19/07 – 12:00 AM

Andy Burriss • aburriss@heraldonline.com
Eighth-grader Ryan Caughman, 14, talks with Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan after her presentation to students Tuesday at Westminster Catawba Christian School in Rock Hill.

Marion Blumenthal Lazan was on a train headed for an extermination camp in eastern Germany when the Allied forces liberated the train and set Lazan and her family free in 1945.