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Holocaust survivor speaks at Colgate


By Catherine Walsh '16 on November 7, 2013

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Last night, Helen Sperling, a Holocaust survivor from Utica, came and have her annual talk at Colgate about her experiences living through the Holocaust. The talk was simultaneously eye-opening and inspirational to hear a first hand account of stories that I’d previously only read about in class. Ms. Sperling spoke of her childhood in Poland, her time in concentration camps and the liberation, telling us of the bitter years she spent and the torture that she and the other Jews endured.

Ms. Sperling ended her talk reminding us that “just because we can’t accomplish everything doesn’t mean we can do nothing” and called for us to stop being bystanders. After the talk, she shook the hand every single person who attended, apologizing that she couldn’t give them a hug because she was sick. The talk was absolutely amazing to hear and I would highly recommend seeing her when she comes back.


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