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4:32 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

'Never Again' shares the story of an Ann Arbor Holocaust survivor

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day, an annual commemoration created by Congress to honor the millions of Jews who died in the Nazi Holocaust, as well as millions of others. 

It is linked with the Holocaust Remembrance Day that Israeli Prime Minister, David Ben Gurion started 60 year ago. 

Though the ranks of survivors are dwindling, those who are still here continue to share their experiences with the goal of preserving history and preventing future genocides. 

This year's theme for the National Days of Remembrance is "Never Again: Heeding the Warning Signs," and encompasses the stories of many survivors, including Ann Arbor resident Miriam Garvil.

Garvil, a 91-year-old survivor, is the subject of a book called I Have to Survive: Miriam's Story, by Ruth Campbell. 

Campbell tells Garvil's story of surviving not one, but three concentration camps. Miriam lived in Poland before the Germans seized Poland. Her mother, father and sister all perished when they jumped off the train. Miriam was sent to Plaszow Camp - which was made famous by Schindler's List. Later she went to Auschwitz and finally to Bergen Belsen.

After the war, she spent time in Stockholm before eventually coming to America. Why did she end up in Ann Arbor? 

Campbell joined us from Japan to share the hardships and lessons she experienced while writing Miriam's story.

To hear the full interview, click the link above.