Minnesota woman who survived Holocaust told her story until age 92


Ruth "Margot" DeWilde lived through two years in Auschwitz ... and nearly seventy more after that.

WCCO reports the Minnesota woman died at age 92 over the weekend after sharing her story of Holocaust survival with thousands of people over the decades.

DeWilde was delivering fake passports and IDs to Jews in Holland when she was apprehended by the Nazis in 1943. She said she was spared from the gas chamber at Auschwitz because she was young and healthy. Instead she was put to work in a labor camp and subjected to medical experiments that included forced sterilization.

In 2007 the Anoka County Union reported on a two-hour address DeWilde gave at a local church in which she recounted her concentration camp experience.

WCCO says DeWilde once explained that she hoped exposing the evil she'd endured would inspire others to live lives free of that hatred.

In a clip posted to YouTube she described being deported by train from Berlin to Auschwitz:

DeWilde's death came a week after Yom HaShoah, an annual commemoration of the 6 million Jewish people killed in the genocide of the Holocaust.

The day was marked locally by the Jewish Community Relations Council. It provides an occasion for Holocaust survivors to recount all that they were put through.

MPR News told the story of Benno Black of St. Louis Park. Black last saw his mother when she put him on a train in Breslau in 1939 to escape the Nazis.

Thousands of children were delivered from the Holocaust aboard such trains in an operation that became known as the "Kindertransport." Many of the trains were headed to Great Britain. On Monday London saw what is believed to be the largest gathering of Holocaust survivors.

Great Britain is collecting recommendations on how to mark the 75th anniversary of the Kinderstransport. Prime Minister David Cameron told the Daily Telegraph he is awestruck by the work survivors do in teaching young people about the Holocaust.

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