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Irving Roth, Holocaust SurvivorWaxahachie, TX - April 8, 2011 - Holocaust survivor Irving Roth spoke during Southwestern Assemblies of God University's chapel service last Thursday, March 31. Roth partners with Christians United for Israel (CUFI), an organization founded by SAGU alumnus Dr. John Hagee to educate audiences about the historical reality of the Holocaust and present threats to Israel.

During the Fall of 2010, Dr. John Hagee and SAGU President Kermit Bridges discussed the possibility of creating a local CUFI chapter. In the process of establishing the SAGU chapter, student Jonathan Clinkenbeard's interaction with CUFI's campus division allowed the opportunity for Roth's visit. President Bridges explains the importance of hearing Roth's message. "We first and foremost wanted to educate our students concerning the reality of the Holocaust. From a biblical standpoint, I wanted to reinforce our prophetic understanding of the restoration of national Israel and to recognize there are divine blessings associated with those who support Israel," he said.

Roth was born in Kosice, Czechoslovakia in September of 1929. Of 4,000 on his train, He was 1 of 300 who survived the first round of murders at Auschwitz concentration camp. He was later transferred to Buchenwald concentration camp in East Germany where he was freed in 1945 at 15 years of age. He and his surviving family moved to the United States in 1947.

From 1952-1954 Roth served in the U.S. Army. He is married with two sons and four grandchildren. He is a retired electrical engineer, a historian, lecturer and writer on the Holocaust. He is currently the Director of the Holocaust Resource Center at the Temple Judea of Manhasset, NY.

To watch the complete sermon, visit SAGU's chapel archives.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) is a private, Christian university located in Waxahachie, Texas. The University was established in 1927, and now offers more than 60 associate, bachelor’s or master’s degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.