The last survivor of the first convoy of Auschwitz who escaped the extermination camp in 1943 died at the age of 96

The last survivor of the first convoy of Auschwitz who escaped the extermination camp in 1943 and hid in Poland died at the age of 96

  • The last surviving prisoner of the first Auschwitz convoy Kazimierz Albin died at the age of 96
  • He was captured and placed in the extermination camp in 1940 and escaped in 1943
  • & # 39; (We were) halfway up the Sola River when I heard the siren, & # 39; he remembered
  • From 1998, Albin was a member of the advisory International Council of Auschwitz
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Albin was placed in the extermination camp in 1940 and managed to escape in 1943 (photo: Albin talks to tourists in Auschwitz museum in January 2005)

Albin was placed in the extermination camp in 1940 and managed to escape in 1943 (photo: Albin talks to tourists in Auschwitz museum in January 2005)

Officials at the Auschwitz Memorial say that Kazimierz Albin, the last surviving prisoner of the first transport from Poland to the German Nazi camp, has died. He was 96.

The Auschwitz news agency said on Wednesday that Albin died on Monday. The information came from the Albin family.

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Albin was placed in the extermination camp in 1940 and managed to escape in 1943.

The Polish citizen was born in 1922 in Krakow, about 70 kilometers east of the Auschwitz concentration camp.

The Germans caught Albin in 1940 when he fled occupied Poland to join Polish forces abroad.

His intention was to join the Polish army in France.

He was imprisoned and taken on the first transport to Auschwitz in June of that year, where he became prisoner number 118.

He was one of the 140,000 to 150,000 non-Jewish Polish prisoners in the concentration camp, half of whom died there, according to estimates from the Auschwitz Museum.

He escaped on the night of February 27, 1943, along with six other prisoners.

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The escaped crossed a waterway that ran through the South Polish city of Oswiecim.

In an interview with AFP, Albin remembered that winter evening, saying; & # 39; It was a starry night, around minus 8 or minus 10 degrees Celsius (17 or 14 Fahrenheit) outside. & # 39;

He was imprisoned and taken on the first transport to Auschwitz in June of that year, where he became prisoner number 118 (photo: children behind barbed wire in concentration camp)

He was imprisoned and taken on the first transport to Auschwitz in June of that year, where he became prisoner number 118 (photo: children behind barbed wire in concentration camp)

He was imprisoned and taken on the first transport to Auschwitz in June of that year, where he became prisoner number 118 (photo: children behind barbed wire in concentration camp)

In an interview with AFP, Albin remembered that winter evening, saying; & # 39; It was a starry night, around minus 8 or minus 10 degrees Celsius (17 or 14 Fahrenheit) outside & # 39; (photo: some of the few surviving prisoners of Auschwitz)

In an interview with AFP, Albin remembered that winter evening, saying; & # 39; It was a starry night, around minus 8 or minus 10 degrees Celsius (17 or 14 Fahrenheit) outside & # 39; (photo: some of the few surviving prisoners of Auschwitz)

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In an interview with AFP, Albin remembered that winter evening, saying; & # 39; It was a starry night, around minus 8 or minus 10 degrees Celsius (17 or 14 Fahrenheit) outside & # 39; (photo: some of the few surviving prisoners of Auschwitz)

& # 39; We took off our clothes and were halfway up the Sola River when I heard the siren … ice floes surrounded us. & # 39;

The escaped refugees managed to cross the border of general government, also called the government for the occupied Polish region, the administrative and territorial unit that was established under the decree of Adolf Hitler.

After a few days, Albin arrived in Krakow, ruled by the Nazis, where he remained in hiding under the false name Franciszek Makowski.

Albin then served as the head of the small sabotage action department of the resistance house in Krakow.

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From 1998 he was a member of the advisory International Council of Auschwitz of former prisoners and historians.

He was imprisoned and taken on the first transport to Auschwitz in June of that year, where he became prisoner number 118 (stock image)

He was imprisoned and taken on the first transport to Auschwitz in June of that year, where he became prisoner number 118 (stock image)

He was imprisoned and taken on the first transport to Auschwitz in June of that year, where he became prisoner number 118 (stock image)

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