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Holocaust survivor gets high school diploma in Minnesota

PLYMOUTH — A Minnesota woman who survived the Holocaust received her high school diploma more than seven decades after the Nazis robbed her of the privilege.

Esther Begam was 11 years old in 1942 when Germany invaded her native Poland and she was forced to work, first in a Jewish ghetto, then in a forced labor camp. Wayzata High School in the Minneapolis suburb of Plymouth presented Begam with a diploma this month, KARE-TV  reported. The 88-year-old grabbed her blue graduation cap and tossed it skyward as she was treated to a standing ovation.