SQUIRREL HILL (KDKA) – A memorial in Squirrel Hill holds 6 million pop tabs to honor Holocaust victims.

Today, students at the Community Day School held a service as a part of the National Day of Remembrance.

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Moshe Baran’s story of survival is not one that can be told in a few minutes.

“We dreamt about escaping the joining the resistance,” said Moshe. “We had no idea how this was going to happen.”

Today, he spoke in front of the middle school students as part of Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Moshe talked about being separated from his family and the day he was able to escape.

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“I was put to work, 6-o-clock in the morning until 6-o-clock in the evening,” he said
“We dug under the fence and created a crawling space and camouflaged it,” Moshe added.

Moshe says he was one of the lucky ones, even reunited with his mother and siblings – some of the only people to survive that particular ghetto. A powerful story that students say reminds them of the atrocities that happened.

“It was very impactful, because you got to see how this affected them and how sad this was,” said student Andrea Holber.

Now, almost 70 years marking the end of the Holocaust, Moshe still remembers the day he knew he made it out alive.

“I’ll never forget that morning when I looked up and I saw the sun,” he said. “I saw the sky.”

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Heather Abraham