Roman Kent was 15 years old when he was deported to Auschwitz.
When his family arrived at the camp, he and his brother were separated from his mother and sisters.
He survived two different camp transfers and a death march to Dachau before finally being freed by U.S. forces at the end of the war. Miraculously, his siblings all survived.
He never saw his mother again.
Now, reflecting on this 70 years later, his words — from a poem by the great writer and survivor Primo Levi — are as haunting and urgent today as they were when they were written.
Please listen to it in his own voice. It's vitally important to keep the memory of what happened alive so that we can finally break the cycle of violence that leads us to repeat the mistakes of the past.