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Holocaust survivor Max Mannheimer dies in Germany at age 96

  • FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2015 file photo Holocaust survivor Max Mannheimer arrives for a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the Auschwitz concentration camp in Munich, southern Germany. Mannheimer died Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. He was 96. (Andreas Gebert/dpa via AP, file)

    FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2015 file photo Holocaust survivor Max Mannheimer arrives for a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the Auschwitz concentration camp in Munich, southern Germany. Mannheimer died Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. He was 96. (Andreas Gebert/dpa via AP, file)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this May 3, 2015 file photo German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, and Holocaust survivor Max Mannheimer attend a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the Dachau concentration camp in Dachau, southern Germany. Mannheimer died Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. He was 96.  (Andreas Gebert/pool photo via AP, file)

    FILE - In this May 3, 2015 file photo German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, and Holocaust survivor Max Mannheimer attend a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the Dachau concentration camp in Dachau, southern Germany. Mannheimer died Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. He was 96. (Andreas Gebert/pool photo via AP, file)  (The Associated Press)

Holocaust survivor Max Mannheimer, who dedicated his life in post-war Germany to fighting anti-Semitism, has died. He was 96.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel honored Mannheimer Saturday for his efforts to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive.

Her spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said on Twitter that Merkel is mourning his death and that "we owe him gratitude."

Mannheimer spent two years being held in different death camps, including Auschwitz. Most of his family was murdered during the Holocaust.

After the end of the Third Reich, Mannheimer dedicated his life to talking about the horrors he experienced. He also became the head of the community of former prisoners of the Dachau concentration camp.

German news agency dpa reports that Mannheimer died Friday at a Munich hospital. No cause of death was given.