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Teen raises $15K to send Holocaust survivor to Israel

CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) -- A California teen has raised about $15,000 to send an 89-year-old Holocaust survivor to Israel so the man can meet his last living relative.

Seventeen-year-old Drew Principe says he came up with the idea after meeting Henry Oster during a school assembly.

Oster spoke at Viewpoint High near Los Angeles about being sent with his family to the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1941.

He revealed that he had never been to Israel. Afterward Principe gave him a bracelet the teen had bought during a trip to the Holy Land. Principe also started an online fundraiser.

The Ventura County Star (http://bit.ly/2sPw1Bg ) reports Oster and his wife, along with Principe and his family, leave for Israel on Monday.

Oster will meet his cousin and be formally recognized by the Israeli Holocaust memorial as a survivor.


Information from: Ventura County Star, http://venturacountystar.com