Cancer patient hears Holocaust survivor's story



Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:52 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 16 at 4:21 PM


Steve Stoler reports.

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An 18-year-old boy battling cancer had an unusual request.

He wanted to meet a survivor of the Nazi Holocaust.

Cody Novack says he's always wondered how people could inflict such atrocities on their fellow human beings.

He's fighting soft tissue sarcoma at Medical City Children's Hospital, and as he endures his final chemotherapy treatment, he's getting the real-life history lesson he hoped for.

Max Globan lived to tell about the horrors of the Holocaust. He survived several Nazi concentration camps. Globan recently visited the hospital to share his powerful experiences with Novack.

"We were taken on details where we ate lunch on dead bodies," Globan told Novack.

He continued to describe the atrocities he lived through, telling Novack about "scratch marks of fingernails in the concrete wall and discoloration from the fumes in the gas chamber."

"To get the personal experience of the brutality of the concentration camps, the small details that you don't get to learn from just a teacher, the internet or something like that - it's an experience you'll never forget," Novack said.

Globan, the Holocaust survivor, told more shocking stories of brutality at the hands of Hitler's henchmen.

But among the horror, there was hope, and a common thread between Holocaust survivor and hopefully, cancer survivor.

"From his reaction, I feel much better that the future generation that's growing up, will certainly not want to repeat what has happened during the years of 1939 and 1945," said Globan, who said it was an honor to share his experiences with Novack.

"That's something we'll never experience with the freedom we have here in the U.S., and to hear that from someone who actually went through that, it's an honor and privilege to be a part of that," Novack said.

Novack said it was a pleasure to meet Globan and hear his story.

His prognosis is promising, and he'll leave the hospital with a new knowledge and a new friend.