PLYMOUTH, Minn. (WCCO) — Celebrating a 90th birthday would be special for anybody, but for Margot DeWilde the event has extra meaning.

DeWilde is a Holocaust survivor and a member of the Dutch resistance movement. During WWII, she was arrested by the Nazis and taken to Auschwitz.

Her husband died during their two years at Auschwitz. After the war, DeWilde moved to Minnesota.

“I have always been obstinate,” DeWilde said. “In [the Holocaust], the Germans wanted to kill us, but I wouldn’t let them kill me.”

Obstinacy, she said, is probably the background of her personality.

And on Sunday, her friends threw her a big party in Plymouth.

Comments (4)
  1. Darren says:

    A great story about a great women! Happy Birthday!

  2. Bonny Folkestad says:

    My Mom was in A political camp in WWII in Germany. The strength and courage it took to forge each day is amazing. You don’t see people with that substance much anymore. Happy Birthday you deserve one amazing Birthday party!

  3. Monica says:

    I would love to sit and hear stories if she would tell them!!

  4. Terry says:


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