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NEWTON, NC - On this day in 1933, Nazi's opened the first concentration camp outside the city of Dachau in Germany. The decades old facility held more than 200,000 people throughout its operation, with 20 percent of the population being killed.

The atrocities committed during World War II by Adolf Hitler's regime is something Holocaust survivor Dr. Walter Ziffer does not want anyone to forget.

Ziffer recently spoke to a crowd gathered at Abernethy Laurels Retirement Community in Newton. There he recalled his treatment at the hands of the Nazis, which included time in seven different camps.

"The first camps were slave labor camps and the last three or four camps were concentration camps," he said. "There is a difference between the two in the sense that in the first camps, we kept our clothing...In the concentration camps you were given these blue and white striped clothing."

He moved from camp to camp until he was liberated by the Soviet Army in 1945.

"To me the only answer to bring about a decent world...is education." he said.

That belief is shared by leaders at Catawba Valley Community College. The school recently opened the Gilde-Marx Collection on Holocaust and Genocide Studies, which gives students a first hand look at artifacts, letters and books from the people who lived through The Holocaust.
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