World's oldest survivor of Auschwitz dies at 108

World's oldest survivor of Auschwitz dies at 108

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This picture taken on December 18, 2009 shows A a replica hung in place of the stolen infamous "Arbeit macht frei" sign at the former Nazi death camp Auschwitz in Oswiecim, Poland. The theft of the infamous "Arbeit macht frei" sign at the Nazi German-era Auschwitz death camp in Poland sparked outrage on December 18, 2009, as police launched a hunt for the perpetrators. "The inscription was stolen early this morning," Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum spokesman Jaroslaw Mensfelt told AFP, adding that the thieves must have known what they were doing. AFP PHOTO/PAP/JACEK BEDNARCZYK - POLAND OUT - (Photo credit should read JACEK BEDNARCZYK/AFP/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on October 22, 2012 at 9:21 AM

WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- An official says the oldest known former prisoner of the Auschwitz death camp has died in Poland at the age of 108.

Jaroslaw Mensfelt, a spokesman at the Auschwitz-Birkenau state museum, says Antoni Dobrowolski died Sunday in the northwestern town of Debno.

The one-time Polish teacher was arrested by the Gestapo and sent to Auschwitz in 1942 for holding underground lessons. After they invaded Poland in 1939, the Germans had banned anything beyond four years of elementary education as they tried to crush Polish culture and the intelligentsia.

Dobrowolski was later moved to the concentration camps of Gross-Rosen and Sachsenhausen, where he was liberated in 1945.

The Germans killed at least 1.1 million people at Auschwitz. Most victims were Jews, but many non-Jewish Poles, Roma and others were also killed.

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