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Steen Metz

Steen Metz

Holocaust speaker Steen Metz will share "My Story: Surviving the Holocaust" at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Moline Public Library, 3210 41st St.

His presentation will mark the 80th commemoration of Kristallnacht and 75th commemoration of the deportation of Jews of Denmark to the Terezin Concentration Camp, according to the Jewish Federation of the Quad-Cities.

Metz grew up in Odense, Denmark, about 100 miles west of Copenhagen. Jews made up only 0.2 percent of Denmark's population. He was the son of nonpracticing Jewish parents.

Metz was 8 years old when he and his parents were arrested at their home on Oct. 2, 1943. They were crowded into a cattle car with no food, water, light or a working toilet for three days, and sent to the concentration camp in what today is the Czech Republic, according to a new release.

His presentation coincides with a Brundibar Opera performance at Augustana College in Rock Island scheduled for Nov. 16 and 17. The children's opera was performed 55 times at the Terezin camp; most of the children were killed by the Nazis.

For more details, call the Jewish Federation of the Quad-Cities at 309-793-1300 or visit jfqc.org.

Jewish Federation executive director Allan Ross said the group was honored to bring Metz to the Quad-Cities for "our community to hear firsthand, the story of his ordeal and survival."

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