Holocaust survivors share stories at museum luncheon in Chicago

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CHICAGO -- It was a powerful sight: each Holocaust survivor with his or her own story.

John Migut, his father, mother and six siblings spent two years in a Siberian labor camp.

"As a kid we were hungry, there was not much to eat," Migut said. "In the winter it was 60 below, we didn’t have proper clothing."

After an amnesty between Russia and the United States, Migut and his family made their way to a refugee camp in east Africa — then came to chicago in 1950.

On Monday Migut joined more than 2,000 people at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s annual luncheon in Chicago.

"This museum stands as a powerful monument, a strong beacon in the struggle against anti-semitism, prejudice, bigotry, and hatred in all its forms," said Gov. Bruce Rauner.

The goal was to raise $40 million dollars to build a collections and conservation center at the museum, housing Holocaust artifacts, preserving history for future generations.

Being here Monday was a reminder for Migut he is not alone.

On Tuesday the museum is asking people to use #SafeGuardTheirStories on Twitter as part of a fundraiser. For more information on the effort, go here:

https://donate.ushmm.org/page/contribute/safeguard-their-stories