As the years go by, fewer people remain that have experienced landmark moments in our history.
The Holocaust is one of those moments and while few survivors remain, one was at East High School Wednesday to give her first hand account.
"World War II officially began in Europe on September 1, 1939. That was the day Germany invaded Poland and that was over 73 years ago," said Governor Matt Mead.
But for those that were there, the memories remain vivid.
"Before I go to speak to any school, I have nightmares at night," said Paula Burger.
Paula Burger was just one of three children in a town of 25,000 to survive.
Students at East High School packed the auditorium to hear Burger tell her story of living through a real life horror movie.
"It's not easy to do, but I do it because I feel like when they ask me, it's a part of history. I had no reason to survive, I survived, so I feel like a witness," Burger said.
For East students in Mr. Atkinson's class, "Facing History and Ourselves," Burger's experiences helped them connect with stories they've been learning all year about the Holocaust.
"The experience really taught them a lot about how to care for people and it was just really inspiring to hear that," said Jennifer Nelson, senior at East High School.
"It was really inspiring. It took a lot of courage for her to come up and talk about she spoke so calmly and it took a lot of strength out of her," said Sierra Galicia, senior at East High School.
The class has also helped teach the students a lot of about themselves. Helping them realize their strengths and their shortcomings.
"It helps you out personally because you learn how to be an upstander in the world and not just let things go by," Nelson said.
Next month, nine students and two teachers will be traveling to Germany and Poland to step foot on the ground where so many lost their lives.
"It will really bring the whole Holocaust to life for me and give me a whole new perspective I've already gained from the class. I'm excited to see how my perspective will change just by being there and actually feeling what it was like," Galicia said.
Students going on the trip will be holding a fundraiser on Tuesday, May 14 at Applebee's.