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Holocaust survivor says it's important not to forget

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

It was a day of honor and history Tuesday as the Rotary Club of Quincy invited a Holocaust survivor to speak at their meeting.

Walter Reed was 14 when the Nazis invaded his small town in Germany. His parents and two younger brothers were deported to Poland and later murdered.

However, Reed was able to escape and ended up in America, where he later served in the U.S. Army and was assigned to military intelligence, interrogating German prisoners.

Through speeches, the 89 year-old gives people a personal account of the Holocaust so they can better understand what happened some 70 years ago.

"We don't know really what happened to individuals when we say 9-11, we know it's a horrible thing, the Holocaust is quite similar to that," said Reed. "We know that 6.5 million Jews were killed but who were they? What were their lives like? Why did it happen?"

Reed says it's important for the younger generation to not forget so history does not repeat itself.

"It's not my holocaust, young people say, rightly so, but it's somebody else's," said Reed. "What can we do to prevent atrocities, violence, in our world in the future? Also, what's our obligations as human beings and as citizens?"

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