Holocaust Survivor Visits Neuqua Valley High School

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“It was a very scary moment to know that your life is at the end,” said Magda Brown.

Magda Brown is a 91-year-old Holocaust survivor. She’s traveled all around the country on a mission to share her story to as many people as she can.

This morning, she made a stop at Neuqua Valley High School to leave students with some words of wisdom.

“Next to your health, the most important commodity you have is freedom. We are blessed in this country to practice freedom of the society,” said Brown.

When Brown turned 17 in 1944, she and her family were shoved into box cars and taken to the Auschwitz concentration camp.

“My very young 42-year-old mother was holding on to me. And that was the last time I saw my mother,” said Brown.

It took nine months until Brown attempted to escape, and during her flee, she was liberated by The American Armed Forces.

Now, Brown spreads an important message for younger generations to remember.

“Think. Think very seriously before you hate,” said Brown.

It’s those messages Brown has spread to over 100,000 people that students at Neuqua Valley were grateful to hear.

“I’m hoping that they take the human aspect out of her presentation because you can read a lot of things in text books or movies but to hear her personal story about what she went through is something we can’t ever recreate in a classroom,” said Mandy Kontos, social studies teacher.

Naperville News 17’s Antonia Acuna reports.