Holocaust survivor speaks to college students

By Chad Weber

September 30, 2013 Updated Oct 1, 2013 at 10:36 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Textbooks were replaced by living history Monday night as Holocaust survivor Magda Brown spoke in front of a packed room at Methodist College.

The 86 year old shared her testimony as a 17-year-old prisoner in the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Brown said the three points she wants to get across to kids are to protect their freedom, stand up to deniers and think before you hate.

"I tell the children think before they hate," Brown said. "I'm not telling them to hate or not to hate. That's up to their conscience, but at least think before you hate because all the tragedies around the world whether it's the Holocaust, whether is genocide, or any wars, it all stems from hatred."

Brown said it pains her to still see so much violence around the world, but she remains optimistic about younger generations.

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