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Holocaust survivor speaks to freshmen at McFarland High School

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MCFARLAND (WKOW) – Some local students learned about the Holocaust on Wednesday from someone who experienced it first-hand.

Renata Laxova spoke to the entire freshman class at McFarland High School on Wednesday morning.

She was on the last transport van for children (Kindertransport) that left what was then called Czechoslovakia in the 1930's, just ahead of the Nazis.

Laxova says it's important for students to learn about the holocaust because of the impact it had on the war -- and the millions of people who died.

“Somehow not many people did or could do anything (about those who died),” said Laxova. “So it's important to know about what can happen through the fanaticism and immorality of what can i say of the people.”

The students are learning about World War II in their U.S. History classes right now.

Laxova says the vans were organized by Sir Nicholas Winton, who died last year after bringing almost 700 children to safety during the war.

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