Local Holocaust survivor highlights national exhibit

2:18 PM, Jun 16, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- A Holocaust survivor who immigrated to Cleveland in 1951 is the only living person among 31 immigrants featured in a National Archives exhibit that opened Friday in Washington, D.C.

He's 73-year-old Michael Pupa of suburban Orange. The Polish refugee lost his mother and baby sister in the Holocaust. A photograph of Pupa at age 12 is featured on a banner outside the exhibit.

The retired mortgage broker recently opened up to his family about how the boy in the picture survived World War II. Pupa says he scrounged for survival with his uncle in forests after Nazis shot many of their relatives.

He told The Plain Dealer his wartime memories are painful. He settled in the Cleveland area because he knew his uncle could follow and find work.

The Associated Press

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