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Posted at 9:48 AM ET, 03/ 1/2011

Holocaust museum sponsors talks with survivors

By Jacqueline Trescott

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is reviving its weekly talks with survivors of the World War II atrocities.

Starting Wednesday the museum is again sponsoring "First Person," a one-hour discussion with survivors, many of whom are volunteers at the museum. The sessions, which started in 1999, are open to the public.

Michel Margosis will start the 2011 series Wednesday at 1 p.m.

Margosis, now 82, will describe the route his family took from Belgium, where he was born and where his father, a Russian-born Jew and a former police official, had owned two newspapers. After the Germans invaded Belgium in 1940, the family fled to France, spent one night in a detention camp and escaped to a friend's farm. They hid for a year. In 1943 they escaped to Marseille and Margosis was sent to the States.

A resident of Springfield, Margosis is a volunteer at the museum.

The series will run on Wednesday from March through August. The talks will also be held on Tuesdays from April to July.

By Jacqueline Trescott  | March 1, 2011; 9:48 AM ET
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Museum panels and talks, Museums, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum  | Tags:  Holocaust survivors talks, Michel Margosis, u.s. holocaust memorial museum  
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