PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A 92-year-old man who survived Nazi concentration camps during the Holocaust was struck and killed by a car while crossing a street near his home in Oregon.
Alter Wiener died Tuesday in Hillsboro and was pronounced dead at a hospital, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported .
Wiener endured three years in concentration camps and later in life wrote an autobiography titled, "From a Name to a Number: A Holocaust Survivor's Autobiography."
He spoke to thousands of Oregonians about his experiences, making nearly 1,000 appearances at schools, libraries, churches, conferences and charitable events.
Wiener appeared before Oregon lawmakers in September to press for mandatory statewide curriculum standards that would require teachers to educate students about the Holocaust and genocide.
"There can be no better tribute to Alter Wiener and all survivors of the Holocaust but for this mandate to come to fruition in the next legislative session," the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education said in a statement.
"May the memory of Alter Wiener be a blessing for his family and for those of us who were privileged to know him."
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, remembered Wiener as "a true Oregonian and total mensch who transformed his Holocaust survival into a lesson that taught all of us about the need to fight prejudice always and everywhere."
Wiener was born in 1926 in Chrzanow, Poland, a small town near the German border. Germans invaded his hometown in 1939, and Wiener, his stepmother and his brothers fled, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.
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