"It is very gratifying to be able to reach the young and the old and to help them learn."
When you have a story to tell, people want to hear it. Henry Oertelt has an amazing story to tell about surviving the Holocaust and five concentration camps. It was this story that a teacher wanted Henry to share with her students 35 years ago, and he has been sharing it ever since.
As a member of the Jewish Community Relations Council's Speakers Bureau, Henry has shared his message and lessons with the young and old across the country. His inspiration comes from the millions of victims of the Holocaust and other genocides throughout history who aren't able to tell their stories. Regardless of his audience, the message is always the same - to make people aware of the necessity to speak up in the face of injustice.
His slogan is clear, "If you absolutely have to hate - hate Hate!"
In addition to the numerous speaking engagements, Henry has also published his story in a book titled "An Unbroken Chain" and has been interviewed on several radio and television programs. One of his proudest moments occurred this May, when he received an honorary doctorate degree from St. Cloud State University.
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