Holocaust survivor’s saga grips youngsters
Event relates local woman’s tale of horror, ultimate triumph.
October 13, 2007

Holocaust survivor Rose Van Thyn tells students at First United Methodist Church of Shreveport about her experiences during the war.

By John Andrew Prime

The triumph of human spirit over oppression, even seen through the prism of six decades, was clear to a room full of Shreveport students Friday.

Holocaust survivor Rose Van Thyn’s saga, starting in Holland before World War II and leading to Shreveport in the 1950s through the crucible of the Nazi death camps, brought tears and laughter from more than 50 people who heard her tale. It was at the conclusion of the Donald A. Webb Academy LightHouse Leadership Youth gathering at First United Methodist Church of Shreveport.