Poland's oldest former Auschwitz prisoner dies at 108

WARSAW Mon Oct 22, 2012 10:11pm IST

Related Topics

WARSAW (Reuters) - Antoni Dobrowolski, who was the oldest Polish survivor of the Nazi death camp Auschwitz, died at the age of 108 on Sunday, Auschwitz Museum officials said.

Dobrowolski's son informed the museum about his father's death, its press office told Reuters on Monday.

Dobrowolski, a former teacher, was arrested in the southern Polish city of Radom on June 6 1942, and brought to the Auschwitz death camp immediately afterwards. He was moved on to Gross-Rosen camp and finally to Sachsenhausen, where he was freed when the war ended.

Dobrowolski, who was not Jewish, was detained because he belonged to a forbidden teachers' organization that flouted a Nazi ban by teaching primary school students about Polish history.

When the war ended, Dobrowolski moved to the small city of Debno, where he was for many years headmaster of a local high school.

During Nazi Germany's World War Two occupation of Poland, the Nazis killed some 1.5 million people in Auschwitz, located near the Polish village Oswiecim. Most those killed were Jewish.

The German occupation of Poland resulted in the deaths of almost 20 percent of the population and over 90 percent of the country's Jewish minority.

(Reporting by Dagmara Leszkowicz, editing by Paul Casciato)

FILED UNDER:
Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

Art World

REUTERS SHOWCASE

A Minute With

A Minute With

Shailene Woodley on teen sex, violence and Marvel.  Full Article 

Music Chart

Music Chart

U2 album stumbles in Billboard chart after free iTunes debut.  Full Article 

Snowden Documentary

Snowden Documentary

Filming in fear: Edward Snowden as 'Citizenfour' .  Full Article 

Sax and the City

Sax and the City

Kenny G hits sour note in China with Hong Kong visit .  Full Article 

More Content

More Content

Alibaba looking to expand Hollywood content offering - Bloomberg.  Full Article 

The Savage Mountain

The Savage Mountain

Photographer Wolfgang Rattay travelled to northern Pakistan to trek the K2 base camp trail.  Slideshow 

Humane Filmmaker

Humane Filmmaker

Animal rights group honors 'Noah' director avoiding animal use in film.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage