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Sam Harris is president of the board of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center. Harris was only 4 when the Nazis forced his family to move into a Polish ghetto in 1939, and about 6 when his father prodded him to get out of line and hide behind a pile of bricks. He and his sister crouched low as they watched their tormentors load the rest of the family onto cattle cars headed to the Treblinka concentration camp.
"I can still hear the shootings and the beatings and the yelling of the people lined up to the cattle cars," said Harris, 73, the youngest of seven siblings, only three of whom survived. "They were marching, and in my mind they are still marching."
"I should have been dead," said Harris, a retired Northbrook businessman who always felt as if a guardian angel had kept him alive. "Something up there told me, 'You'll be all right.'"
April 13, 2009