Chilling Accounts from Holocaust Survivor - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/26/04

Chilling Accounts from Holocaust Survivor

For students at Frenship learning about the Holocaust has been a life changing experience. On Friday they got a rare chance to hear from the heart of Holocaust survivor, Eva Hance.

"I tell you the cruelty was tremendous," says Hance. On March 19, 1944, Eva Hance's life was turned upside down. "I was 11-years-old and you don't understand what was going on."

She says she will never forget the day she and her Jewish family were taken from Hungary to a concentration camp in Germany. "The life was miserable." The camp located in Dachau held thousands of Jewish prisoners, many of them young children like Eva.

Even decades later, the torment she experienced there is unforgettable. "You know what the Germans did when they had a baby? They would throw it up for a target shoot," Eva says.

More than 50,000 men, women and children were tortured, gased, shot and starved of food and water for days at a time. Eva spent every moment living in fear. "I was shot on my left leg because I wanted to have some water," Eva says.

Eva endured the cruelty for 7 1/2 months until the American soldiers freed the prisoners on April 26th, 1945. Despite the horrific memories, her message is one of love and kindness. "I don't have hate, thank God. Forget I can't. Forgive yes, forget, no."

It's this lesson she wants students and everyone to remember. "Don't have hate. Hate is a poison and if they can't get rid of their hate they're gonna die with the poison."

Eva Hance moved to America in the 1950's, and never takes the freedom she gained for granted. On Saturday, she'll share her story with the Guadalupe Catholic Church in Plainview.

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