CANYON, TX (KFDA) - At 89 years old, Holocaust survivor Irving Roth travels across the United States to share his experiences to spread his message.
“What I want to share with people at the university is my life, but at the same time, give some sense of a historical event," said Holocaust Survivor Irving Roth. "What happened? How the transformation of all of Europe took place because there was a transformation. People, individuals and society changed. From ordinary, god filling, church-going decent people, to murderers.”
At age fourteen, Irving Roth was taken from his home. He traveled for three days and three nights in a cattle car with 4,000 people. He arrived at Auschwitz concentration camp where over a million people were murdered, many burned in gas chambers.
“And all I see is flames coming out of chimneys, guards screaming and yelling. What is this place? I am separated from my grandfather and grandmother and aunt and cousin," said Roth.
That day, Roth’s head was shaved, his clothes were taken from him and he was given stripped pants, a jacket and hat.
"And I put my hand down on a little table and I am tattooed. I am no longer a person with a name, I am a number,” said Roth.
Within 24 hours, Roth’s grandparents were sent to the gas chambers and murdered.
“That night we were separated. 321 one way and about 3,700 the other way. The other way meant gas and their bodies burned. So, within a 24 hour period upon arrival I had no grandparents,” said Roth.
For the next few months, Roth was starved and overworked at Auschwitz.
“The number of calories was limited to about three-four hundred. And, that was calculated scientifically because with three to four hundred calories the human being could last six to eight months,” said Roth.
At age fifteen, Roth survived the Nazi death camp and dedicated his life to tell his story and spread his message.
“Evil happened the ultimate evil. The most evil ever happened in humanity and once it’s happened, it can happen again,” said Roth.
Wednesday night, Irving Roth is presenting #NeverForget at West Texas A&M University to share his experiences with the Panhandle community.
The event is sponsored by Christians United for Israel on Campus and is free and open to the public.