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Editorial: When survivors are gone, will we still remember Holocaust?

If something isn't happening right in our back yard, we have a tendency to ignore it, or at least conveniently forget about it. But we cannot afford to ever forget the Holocaust.

Students and teachers from Prescott Valley Charter School heard from Holocaust survivor Stephen Nasser this past Friday, and one teacher made a significant observation: "(The presentation) was an opportunity that 10 years from now won't exist."

It's true. Holocaust survivors are elderly, and when they are all gone, will we again ignore and forget?

WWII veteran Harry Downard, now 95, who served as an Army Signal Corps photographer, filmed the liberation of some of the Nazi concentration camps at war's end. He won't talk much about it, as so many years later it still deeply affects him.

He does, however, shake his head and say, "I just was amazed at what human beings will do to other human beings."

Students at PV Charter School appreciated hearing from an actual Holocaust survivor. And perhaps they took a little extra something away with them.

Nasser asked them to go home and give their parents a hug, and then give them an extra hug from him, because he couldn't do that for his family.

Today, remember, and hug.

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