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Holocaust survivor speaks at UM Flint for summer workshop series

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"We can learn from it and we can prevent this from happening again."

Dr. Irene Butter survived the Holocaust and is speaking about genocides at the University of Michigan Flint for its summer workshop.

Speaking to a small room of students, staff and educators, Butter spoke about her life, and the racism and bigotry she experienced that forced her and her family to flee her native Germany. 

"The most important thing is to talk to young people and too make them aware that it's their responsibility," Butter said.

Recently Butter went back to Germany. Although she originally refused to speak in her native language, her road to forgiveness took a different turn.

"I was born there and I was always alienated from the country, from anything German,” Butter said. “And it was like after all these years I felt home again."

Butter wanted to move forward from this tragedy but said forgiveness doesn’t mean ignoring the past.

"To have our triumph over tragedy and to forgive but never to forget," Butter said.

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