La Crosse, Wisconsin (WXOW) ------ Sam Harris shares his story because a Rabbi told him he owes it to his people. And even though he smiles while talking to folks about his experience it will never be just a memory. Things go through my mind that I never talk about. I start off my morning with toast like many of us do. I remember being so hungry and so happy that I got a piece of bread that was 4 months old with green on it. If I go in traffic and I see a railroad going by I think of the people that were taken on those cattle cars."
In 1939 Sam was 4 years old. That's when Nazi tanks rolled into his small town in Poland. Things would never be the same again. His family and millions of other Jewish people were tortured and killed. Some say Sam should be full of hate. "I took my children when they were very young to where Hitler lived for many years. I told them they could spit on the ground. Hate Hitler but do not hate the German people. I didn't want them to go through life hating. If I was to sit around hating guess who would be more harmed? me."
That's the message. Move on...but don't forget. "The message that I would like to carry on to the students is that good will prevail in the long run. It might be tough, it might be bad but we must remember so we don't repeat it in the future." @
Darryl Clott is the Holocaust Educator who brought Sam to the area. She knew the importance of his message and after reading his book so did the teachers and students at Westby High school. Student Chelsea Daines I will think twice before I complain. It just really makes you think twice before you complain and it makes me appreciate my family because they can be taken from you at any moment."
Teacher David Nelson was instrumental in getting Sam here too. "I think what Mr. Harris shared with us today and what ultimately he was saying is that we're all human beings and we should all care and protect each other."
You can hear Sam Harris speak at Viterbo's Fine Arts Center on Thursday April 11th at 7 PM. The event is free of charge.
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