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81-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor Contemplates Running His 12th Marathon

An 81-year-old Holocaust survivor is considering running another marathon, which would be his 12th.

Nat Shaffir, a docent at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, runs 6 miles six days a week, rain or shine, and he didn’t start running until he was 65 years old.

This fall, he completed his eighth Marine Corps Marathon and he’s already thinking about his next one. He’s also run three other marathons.

Running gives him the chance to think, to contemplate and remember, even back to the fall of 1942.

Shaffir’s memories give a real voice to the atrocities of the Holocaust.

At 81, he said he’s one of the youngest victims still living. It means a lot to him to be at the Holocaust Museum as a voice for those who are gone.

“Will remember what they heard from us to be able to say, ‘Yes, I was there, I heard individuals speak about the Holocaust,’ so that kind of gives me a good reason to say, ‘OK, I did my part,’” he said.

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