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Jewish Teen Screen event promotes awareness among youth about Holocaust
By Julianne Carroll
Special to the Los Gatos Weekender
Article Launched: 10/05/2007 12:21:33 AM PDT

Renee Firestone knows first hand that history repeats itself if society chooses to stay ignorant.

Firestone was imprisoned at 19 for 13 months at the Auschwitz concentration camp. Her mother and sister were both murdered in the Holocaust, and her father died of tuberculosis soon after liberation.

“As long as my mind is clear enough, as long as my feet are carrying me, I will be telling the story,” Firestone says. “Humanity learns very slowly, and mistakes are still being made and genocide is still continuing. So we must, we must remember.”

Firestone will be one of several speakers at the San Jose Jewish Film Festival Teen Screen presentation this weekend of the film “The Last Days” by Steven Spielberg and the Shoah Foundation. The 1998 Academy Award-winning film chronicles the experiences of five Hungarian Holocaust survivors, including Firestone, as well as San Mateo Congressman Tom Lantos, during the last year of World War II.