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By: Mitzi J. Levin
Survivor: Herzel, Max

“In October 1944, I was in the French Alps tending a flock of sheep. I watched the convoy of trucks with white stars on their sides make their way through the valley. I could hear bells ringing as the American trucks entered the village of Sironne, France.

“I lived with the Feriaud Family, posing as a Catholic orphan and helped tend their farm. I worked hard and was treated well. I never felt I was a captive, but I was always careful never to reveal my true identity. I worried constantly about my family.

“A social worker with the Children’s Aid Society took me away from the farm.

“I was 14 years old.”