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Local Holocaust Survivor Dies At Age 90

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Holocaust survivor Henry Oertelt spoke in Ritsche Auditorium at St. Cloud State University on Thursday. High school students in Alberta, Canada, also participated. (credit: Jason Wachter/St. Cloud Times)

Holocaust survivor Henry Oertelt spoke in Ritsche Auditorium at St. Cloud State University on Thursday. High school students in Alberta, Canada, also participated. (credit: Jason Wachter/St. Cloud Times)

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A funeral was held Sunday for a Holocaust survivor who lived in Little Canada after the war. Henry Oertelt died Thursday at the age of 90.

Last Thursday was the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the Nazi’s most notorious prison camp. Oertelt was held in Auschwitz. More than one and a half million people were executed there.

WCCO featured Oertelt in a story 15 years ago. He said that when he was in his 20s he was forced from his Berlin home. He survived five Nazi concentration camps.

Oertelt moved to Minnesota in 1949 and spent decades lecturing about what he went through.

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