WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — A holocaust survivor from Central Ohio was in Washington on Wednesday to hear French President Emmanuel Macron speak to Congress.
Fran Greenberg was born in Paris, but moved to the United States as a child. She has lived in Central Ohio for about 50 years and spends much of her time talking to children about her experience during the Holocaust.
Senator Sherrod Brown invited Greenberg as his guest.
Greenberg was just a child living in Paris when the holocaust forever changed her life.
“I remember when my father was taken in the middle of the night, by the French police…I saw a big truck taking my father. I never saw him again,” said Greenberg.
Greenberg’s mother worked to protect her and her sister, living in the forest with other Jewish women, while the girls stayed in orphanages and foster homes.
“My sister and I…there were days when we lived on a piece of bread a day, the bombs were dropping all around us,” said Greenberg.
Greenberg said her mother was very sick and died shortly after the war ended. Greenberg said she and and her sister survived thanks to people who hid them from Nazis.
She said once her family hid in a closet, while Nazis searched the building for Jewish people.
Eventually, at just 11 years old, Greenberg and her sister traveled by themselves to America. They briefly stayed with their uncle before being put up for adoption and separated.
Almost 70 years later, Greensburg sat in the US Capitol to listen to her birth nation’s President.
“We can choose isolationism, withdraw and nationalism. This an option…it will not dose, but inflame the fears of our citizens,” said Macron.
Greenberg says President Macron’s words, urging acceptance instead of fear, gave her hope.
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction,” Macron quoted Ronald Reagan.
Greenberg says she’ll keep telling her story, so the holocaust will never be forgotten.
“I’m a witness. I lived through it — and now you’re my witnesses,” said Greenberg.
Senator Brown said he wanted Greenberg to come to Washington so more people would hear her story.
“There still people in this country — a lot of young people — that still don’t know anything about the holocaust and how important it is to remember it,” said Brown.