91-year-old Holocaust survivor dies in Connecticut car crash

COLCHESTER, Conn. (AP) — The victim of a Connecticut car crash has been identified as a Holocaust survivor who often shared her story at local schools, community centers and churches.

State police say 91-year-old Henny Simon’s car left the road and crashed into a tree near her Colchester home on Tuesday afternoon. She died at the hospital. The crash remains under investigation.

The Bulletin of Norwich reports that Simon grew up in Hanover, Germany, and was sent to Nazi concentration camps in Latvia and Poland. She came to the U.S. after World War II and was reunited with her father, who had received a visa to go to China early in the war. Her mother died in captivity. In February, Simon spoke at the Colchester Federation Church.

“It was total silence, everybody just taking it all in and still the amazement that people could to that to each other. It was very, it was sad, it was bittersweet, It was just extremely powerful to hear someone who had actually been there,” said Pastor Jerrie Shepard Matney, Colchester Federation Church.

Funeral services are scheduled for Friday at Ahavath Achim synagogue in Colchester.

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