The event was co-hosted by Christians United for Israel, UNC College Republicans and UNC Hillel.
Junior Jake Riggs, outreach chairperson of College Republicans and vice president of Christians United for Israel, said Roth previously made a visit to UNC in 2010.
Riggs said he thought Roth was well received because students are interested in hearing the testimonies of Holocaust survivors.
“A lot of people in our generation are really interested in it because we know how quickly this resource is disappearing and how important it is to hear it quickly,” Riggs said.
Roth said he noticed anti-Semitism beginning to appear in his home of Czechoslovakia when he was 10 years old and signs were posted outside of his favorite park: “Jews and Dogs Are Not Allowed.”
Roth said he and his family were taken to Auschwitz in 1944 when he was only 14 years old.
Upon arrival at Auschwitz, Roth said everyone was split into two lines. The line on the left, including Roth and his brother, went to work in the camp. The line on the right, including his grandfather, grandmother, aunt and 10-year-old cousin, was sent to the gas chambers, and in a few hours there was nothing left of his relatives.
“Auschwitz was capable of converting human beings to ashes,” Roth said.