On Thursday's episode of "Piers Morgan Tonight," guest host Harvey Weinstein used the program's "Only in America" segment to introduce his audience to Martin Gray.
Described by Weinstein as a man with an "indomitable spirit", Gray is an American citizen, and the last survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto.
By the age of 17, Weinstein says Gray was "the biggest smuggler in the Warsaw Ghetto" and at 18 "was sent to Treblinka Death Camp, where his mother and father perished," while he survived and escaped.
Having immigrated to the United States, Gray became a successful businessman, and later moved his family to Cannes, France. However in 1970, tragedy struck again, as a forest fire killed his wife and four children.
Now 90 years old, Gray remains in Cannes, and recently sat down with the legendary filmmaker, sharing his story, and explaining how the 1940 Charlie Chaplin film "The Great Dictator" changed his life:
"I was really taken by the movie," said Gray. "I am not talking the quality of the movie and the ideas behind it, but that man, Charlie Chaplin."
Referencing his own personal life, Gray insists on the foreshadowing that exists in the film:
"I think at that time, if people would have listened to Charlie Chaplin, his precursory ideas, we would have saved perhaps many millions of people, not only Jews, but millions of other people who died during the second World War because Charlie Chaplin told us, how did he know? Not the visionary, but he knew exactly what's going to happen."
Putting a bow on his debut experience as guest host, Weinstein summed up his "Only in America" segment in referencing Gray:
"The secret of life is the power of hope."
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