Holocaust survivor to speak at schools

Six area schools are joining together to promote a message of caring, compassion and character.

Glendale, Cambria Heights, Moshannon Valley, Harmony, Central Cambria and Altoona Area high schools have invited Holocaust survivor Eva Olsson to speak to their students and community members.

At 89 years old, she tells her audience that they are the last generation to hear her speak, or to hear any Holocaust survivor speak.

Olsson will speak about tolerance, the destructive nature of hate and the importance of having compassion

The community is invited to hear Olsson Monday at Cambria Heights, Tuesday at Harmony High School, and Wednesday at Central Cambria High School. All speaking engagements begin at 6 p.m.

In 1945, Olsson was liberated from Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany. Prior to her liberation, she spent time in Auschwitz, enduring the selection process of Dr. Josef Mengele, the “angel of death.” Through her trials and tribulations, Olsson grew stronger, yet it took her 50 years before she could break her silence. Now she speaks to all those who are willing to listen.

Being a survivor of Nazi death camps and hate crimes, Olsson has been relating her message of understanding to students across Canada and the United States since 1996.

Her talk helps students understand the meaning of family as she expresses the pain she experienced after the loss of many of her own family members.

She wants her audience to fully understand what damage hate can do. And she wants the world to know that letting bullies take charge leads to misery for all involved.