Holocaust survivor celebrates 100th birthday in Houston

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HOUSTON, TX - David Mitzner celebrated his 100th birthday with family and friends Sunday night at the Royal Sonesta Hotel.  Mitzner has been living the American dream since 1949. Originally from Warsaw, Poland, Mitzner moved to the United States after spending eight years in a Soviet forced labor camp.

"I never gave up," Mitzner said. "I always had faith.  God almighty was watching me. Otherwise, I wouldn't be here."

Mayor Annise Parker was at the celebration to declare the day was "David Mitzner Day" in Houston.

"We have had over the years many Holocaust survivors who are Houstonians, and there are very few of them left," Mayor Parker said.  "He's actually written a book about his life and experiences, so we're capturing some of that history."

Mitzner founded a real estate business, Rida Development Corporation.  He's lived in Houston for close to 40 years.