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Legislators honor Holocaust survivors, soldier

Posted April 29, 2015 7:55 p.m. EDT
Updated April 30, 2015 11:09 a.m. EDT

— The North Carolina House and Senate passed a joint resolution Wednesday, 70 years after the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp, to honor the first American soldier to arrive and one of the men he saved.

George Rose, of Wilmington, was the first to march through the gates of Dachau.

He was only 17-years-old.

"There was a wall around it with bodies - like ragdolls, like little dolls you would throw one right on top of the other," the former soldier said.

Morris Glass, a prisoner, had already left Dachau on a death march to a forest where prisoners would be poisoned. Howard Weiss, another prisoner, was also 17-years-old when he prepared to meet his doom.

The three men, now approaching 90, met for the first time on Wednesday.

"I told (Rose) you're my hero," Glass said. "And he is. Because if it were not for them, I would not be standing here now. I am forever grateful."

The three men were honored with a joint resolution to never forget the horrors of the Holocaust and the heroism that ended it.

Rose was humbled by the honor.

"I didn't realize I had done something so important," he said.