Holocaust survivor speaks at South Central High School


A Holocaust survivor spoke to Pitt County students Thursday at South Central High School. 

Alfred Schnog’s story is different from most. 

He made it to America with his family in 1941. 

He said seeing the skyscrapers in New York was better than any lottery he could have ever won, and he goes around telling his story. 

While talking to students, he discussed the night in 1938 when his family was supposed to leave Germany for Holland. 

It is known as the night of broken glass. 

“It’s known as Kristallnacht, the “Night of Broken Glass,” but it wasn’t just broken glass,” Schnog said. “They destroyed synagogues all over the country. It was 80 years ago. For me, it was as if it was yesterday because speaking about it on its anniversary makes that come home to me pretty well.”

The director of the North Carolina Council on the Holocaust said it is so important to have events like this because anti-Semitism still exists and many Holocaust survivors are passing away.

Schnog told students and teachers it is their job to keep these stories alive. 

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