Auschwitz survivor speaks in Cedar Rapids

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- A survivor of Auschwitz, with ties to the University of Iowa, spoke in Cedar Rapids Monday night. Michael Bornstein fears too many people are forgetting about the Holocaust.

This comes after a new report, conducted by the Conference Material Claims Against Germany, says two-thirds of millennials cannot identify what Auschwitz is.

Bornstein was just four years old when Soviet soldiers liberated the concentration camp. For decades, Bornstein didn't share his experiences about the Holocaust. He felt he didn't have as strong of memories as other people. But he a few things will forever haunt him.

"I seem to remember the smell of burning flesh in Auschwitz, Nazi boots marching and shouting at me in German," Bornstein said.

Bornstein and his mother both survived Auschwitz, they later came to the United States. Years later, he graduated from the University and Iowa.

Bornstein says it's important for everyone to know what life in the concentration camps was like. He says it's relatable to many people now.

"Prejudice comes up again and again. And I think when they find out about Auschwitz and some of the anti-Semitism it also has relationship to African Americans to Mexicans to Muslims, and I think that's very important."

A few years ago, Bornstein's daughter convinced him to share his story.

Together, they looked through old diaries and pictures and eventually wrote "Survivors Club."