Steven Spielberg about his childhood connection to World War II

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Spielberg himself did not have relatives who died in the Holocaust. But when he was a young boy, his grandmother helped Hungarian survivors learn English in the United States. “I grew up with Hungarian survivors in our living room and dining room — 20 to 30 of them, three to five days a week,” he said.

Though he was only a toddler, he has clear memories of the numbers on their forearms. “I learned to count as a three-year old from the ‘Auschwitz tattoo’ of one man in particular,” he said. “I vividly remember what he looked like, and those numbers on his arm.”

Detroit Free Press Oct. 4, 2013

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