A Southern California teen raised about $15,000 to send an 89-year-old Holocaust survivor to Israel so the man can meet his last living relative and finally receive his bar mitzvah, according to a newspaper report Monday.
Drew Principe, 17, said he came up with the idea for a fundraiser after meeting Henry Oster during a school assembly in January.
Oster told students at Viewpoint High near Los Angeles about his experiences during World War II.
In 1941 he and his family were deported by Nazis from their home in Cologne, Germany, a few weeks before he was supposed to celebrate his bar mitzvah, usually held at 13. They were taken to a ghetto in Poland before he was taken to the Auschwitz concentration camp. He was sent to a few different camps before being liberated at 17 and eventually moving to Los Angeles to become an optometrist.
Principe discovered that Oster …
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