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[It’s] incredibly meaningful for all of us and it’s a great great honour for me in so many personal ways.
After 53,000 of you gave to our foundation your stories of life and death I feel like I belong to each and every one of you. I’ve spoken before about how one of my earliest learning experiences, one of my earliest memories, is learning how to read numbers from Holocaust survivors showing me their tattoos when my grandmother and grandfather taught English in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Hungarian survivors, and as a little kid I understood what the numbers were saying, but I certainly could not grasp the magnitude of the numbers, that they were in fact indelible marks of death, unimaginable suffering, unimaginable loss.
But I know now that tracing my identity as a Jew is an ever-evolving process.
The learning of the numbers as a child, number one.
Before Spielberg's speech on Monday, several survivors visited the Auschwitz concentration camp.
Above, Auschwitz survivor Marcel Tuchman, 93, a physician, poses outside the gates of the death camp in Oswiecim, Poland 'Work will make you free': Visitors and media stand by the entrance gate of the Auschwitz Nazi death camp on Moinday.
Many of the survivors who visited the camp today said kaddish, or the Jewish prayer for the dead, next to the infamous 'Arbeit Macht Frei' sign, hanging above the entrance to the camp.
Your identity is in the courage you have shown in telling your stories.
Your identity having trusted me and the Shoah Foundation as the custodian of some of your stories.
Marcel Tuchman, a 93-year-old survivor of Auschwitz and three other Nazi camps, reflected on the unspeakable suffering of the Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals and others who were tortured and executed at Auschwitz, many in gas chambers.
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