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Published on Oct 16, 2012
10/19/1920 -- 10/10/2012. He was among the last survivors of the Second World War's Holocaust spending the duration of the war (6 horrifying years) in death and concentration camps where suffering and death were daily occurrences. His experiences included a face to face meeting with Josef Mengele known as "the Angel of Death" who simply decided who went to the gas chambers and who didn't, who went to the hospital to serve him as human guinea pigs and who would serve as slave labor. Charles Pierce was chosen to labor, saving his life. Charles would not talk about his experiences for years, even turning down Steven Spielberg that had an interest in his story. The memories were too painful! Indeed he spared his own children from knowing what he had gone through, but then at the age of 85, he finally decided to tell his story wanting people never to forget a time of man's most horrifying inhumanity to man. He began lecturing at local schools and other venues where teachers, students and others listened in awe to Charles' experiences. He began receiving wonderful letters of affection from his audiences that soon enough expanded to Point Mugu and Port Hueneme Naval Base where he was given a standing ovation, a special plaque and special coin. To help tell his story Mr. Pierce also published a book telling his most intriguing story with title "The Art of Survival" which is available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon. He also completed his documentary about one month ago. He is remembered for his kind, loving and forgiving nature. He was laid to rest at Mount Sinai Cemetery on Friday October 12th and is survived by his wife Libby, his children Emily, Mark and his wife Stacey, Sherry and her husband Dave, his grandchildren Adam, Thomas, Lindsey and Brianna and his brother Abe. You can buy the full documentary at www.TheSurvivalStation.com.