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Holocaust survivor inspires at MacDill AFB Holocaust Memorial

The 6th Air Refueling Wing (ARW) and MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., chapel leadership gather for a group photo with Mrs. Etta Donnell, Holocaust survivor, and her husband Stewart, at a Holocaust Memorial at MacDill, April 8, 2021.

The 6th Air Refueling Wing (ARW) and MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., chapel leadership gather for a group photo with Mrs. Etta Donnell, Holocaust survivor, and her husband Stewart, at a Holocaust Memorial at MacDill, April 8, 2021. Donnell received a Certificate of Appreciation from Col. Ben Robins, 6 ARW vice commander, for sharing her story of being hidden from the Nazi party as a child in Poland during World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan C. Grossklag)

Memorial candles and gems are displayed at a Holocaust Memorial at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., April 8, 2021.

Memorial candles and gems are displayed at a Holocaust Memorial at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., April 8, 2021. The gems represent the valuables confiscated by the Nazi party upon capturing a Jewish family and the flickering (left) candle represented the event’s solidarity and understanding of the history and impact of the Holocaust. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan C. Grossklag)

Mrs. Etta Donnell, Holocaust survivor, speaks during a Holocaust Memorial at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., April 8, 2021.

Mrs. Etta Donnell, Holocaust survivor, speaks during a Holocaust Memorial at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., April 8, 2021. Donnell spoke of her upbringing as a hidden child in Poland, displaced from her family and taken in by a Christian family in order to escape capture from the Nazi Gestapo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan C. Grossklag)

Greek and German flags are displayed at a Holocaust Memorial at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., April 8, 2021.

Greek and German flags are displayed at a Holocaust Memorial at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., April 8, 2021. Each table displayed two flags of countries affected by the actions of the Nazi party throughout World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan C. Grossklag)

U.S. Air Force Col. Ben Robins, 6th Air Refueling Wing (ARW) vice commander, speaks to Mrs. Etta Donnell, Holocaust survivor, and her husband Stewart, at a Holocaust Memorial at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., April 8, 2021.

U.S. Air Force Col. Ben Robins, 6th Air Refueling Wing (ARW) vice commander, speaks to Mrs. Etta Donnell, Holocaust survivor, and her husband Stewart, at a Holocaust Memorial at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., April 8, 2021. Robins delivered remarks for Donnell’s story of being hidden from the Nazi party as a child in Poland, and presented Donnell with a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of the 6 ARW. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan C. Grossklag)

U.S. Air Force Chaplain (Capt.) Elimelach Estrin, 6th Air Refueling Wing Rabbi, delivers opening remarks during a Holocaust Memorial at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., April 8, 2021.

U.S. Air Force Chaplain (Capt.) Elimelach Estrin, 6th Air Refueling Wing Rabbi, delivers opening remarks during a Holocaust Memorial at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., April 8, 2021. Hosted by the MacDill chapel, the Holocaust Memorial welcomed guest speaker Mrs. Etta Donnell, who was born in Wierzbnik, Poland, and displaced from her parents to escape capture from the Nazi party, hidden by a Christian family in Borek Falenska, Poland. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan C. Grossklag)

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