“Their voices will not be silenced by hate”

Holocaust survivor relates horrors to students



animals. The bread they were given was


“If people gave up

and Canadian troops, she soon made her

made with 30 per cent flour and 70 per cent

way to Sweden where she eventually met

sawdust. The soup they were served was

her husband before the two immigrated to

they died. I didn’t

“I’m here to speak for them – for the

made from dirty potato peelings or worse.


children – so that their voices will not be

One day prisoners arrived with something

For years, Olsson kept her story secret,

want to die because

silenced by hate.”

known as “surprise soup” made with tufts

but eventually she knew the world needed


of human hair and bones.


a teenaged Eva Olsson had to deal with the

I had a sister who

Olsson and other female prisoners were

“Nazi Bully.”

later sent to Essen where she was forced to

She offered simple words of advice for

At 17, the Hungarian-


was three years

the children at Plantagenet in order to


things were better there, the Allies soon

eliminate the kind of hate that can lead to

a cattle car with other Jews and then forced

bombed the factory and the barracks where

bullying, and in extreme cases, lead to the

younger than I was


the prisoners lived.

kinds of horror she experienced.

War II German concentration camps of


“Just do unto others as you would want

and I was

Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen. By the time

in 1945, she and other prisonerswere sent to

them to do unto you and I guarantee you

Bergen-Belsen was liberated in April 1945,

Bergen-Belsen by the Nazis in hopes the

there won’t be any bullying at your school.

she had seen her extended family of 19

responsible for her.

campwouldfinishthemoff. Dysenterywas


nearly exterminated –with onlyOlsson and

rampant. Prisoners too sick to move lay on

we treat other human beings with respect

her younger sister remaining.

the floor of the prisoners’ barracks among

If I died there


The 86-year-old author told the grim




the floor.

on the students.

wouldn’t be anyone


“I was lying on the barren floor among


as part of the Upper Canada District School

the dead, the diarrhea and the lice, but I was

that hearing a personal account of the

else to look after

Board’s character development program.

still strong enough not to give up,” she said.


Olsson tells her story so that people will not


about it in books or seeing it on the History


forget the six million Jews who died in

die because I had a sister who was three


concentration camps, and so that children

years younger than I was and I was

“It really made me feel like I was in her


responsible for her. If I died there wouldn’t

shoes living it,” said Zimmermann, 14. “I

hatred can bring.

be anyone else to look after her.”

felt. I don’t want to hate anymore because,

don’t feel the same anymore. I wouldn’t

“I’m here to bring the madness of the


as she says, hate can kill.”

want to bully anyone because of how she

power of hate to the screen so youwill have

the opportunity to see what hate did,” she

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said, standing before a screen where she

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projected pictures of the Holocaust during


Nazi bully.”

She mentioned the grim statistics of the

Holocaust – 11 million dead, including 6

million Jews and 1.5 million children under


the age of 14.

The school gymnasium, filled with

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fell silent as the vibrant grandmother spoke

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of that fateful day in May 1944 when she

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was packed into a rail car filled with 110

people outfitted with only one bucket of

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water and another bucket for a makeshift

toilet. The air was stifling.

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The prisoners had been told they were

8 h - 9 h 30 - 11 h

being shipped off to work at a brick factory.

Instead, the train stopped at the Auschwitz

concentration camp. When she emerged

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fresh air. Instead the wind was filled with

smoke and an acrid smell she didn’t


Prisoners were separated into lines of

the healthy and the sick. Young women



and children, the sick and infirm went to

another … the one leading to the gas



fromher mother. She turned to look for her,

but she was gone.

“How I wished I could have put my

arms around her and told her how much I

loved her and how sorry I was for the times

I disobeyed her. But it was too late. I never

saw her again.”

It took victims 20 minutes to die in the

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gas chambers. When the chambers were

reopened, guards routinely found children

at the bottom of the body piles, their heads

crushed under the weight of the corpses

above them. Hair was removed from the

dead and sent to Germany where it was

manufactured into felt. The bodies were

then sent to the crematorium.

“That’s what we smelled day and night,

human flesh burning – our families’ flesh.”

She spoke of how the Angel of Death –

Dr. Josef Mengele – conducted experiments

at the camp on 4,000 sets of twins,


deliberately infecting them with diseases

such as tuberculosis, and exposing them to

radiation treatments to make them sterile.

Only 148 survived.

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