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Woman shares Holocaust survival story at Concordia College

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Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Some say it's the untold story of World War 2.

And for the next two days at Concordia College, one woman is telling her story of escaping the Holocaust in Norway.

In 1942, Irene Berman was just four-years-old when she escaped to Sweden with her family.

Her family knew they would be in trouble as soon as the Nazis invaded Norway, because they were Jewish and her father was also part of the Nazi resistance.

Her family stayed safe in Sweden until the war was over, and eventually returned to Norway to restore the Jewish congregation.

Decades later, Irene said she had re-occurring dreams of escaping Norway.

She then contacted her old housekeeper who also escaped with her family.

"She paused for a long time, she said Irene these are not dreams, you are describing your escape from Norway to Sweden," said Berman. "What you are describing is exactly what happened you were a 4-year-old child you were being carried in a root sack in the back of one of the resistance people."

Irene turned her memories into the book "We are Going to Pick Potatoes: Norway and the Holocaust the Untold Story."

Jordee Kalk

Jordee Kalk is a reporter and First News Saturday producer for WDAY. From graduating high school in Bismarck, to college at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, she's thrilled to be in FM region! When she's not out covering the news, you'll probably find her drinking coffee and hanging out with her puppy, Frankie Lynn! Have a news tip, just give her a shout! 

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