Skip to Content
Weekend
Edition

Best of the news
from abroad
Every
Saturday

Arriving at
6:00 AM

May 16 2020
Back to the issue
An 11-year-old Siegfried Meir in 1946 with some of the surviving members of the Kommando Poschacher, a group of Spaniards from Mauthausen, a Nazi concentration camp.

In April 1943, when he was eight, Siegfried Meir and his parents were captured by the Nazis and deported from Frankfurt to Auschwitz. Both his mother and father would perish, but fate dealt Siegfried a different hand.

The boy had spent his earliest years living under the Third Reich but could never have imagined the horrors to come. “We reached Auschwitz-Birkenau and the men who stripped the prisoners’ clothes off said to my mother: ‘Hide the boy; if the Nazis see him they’ll take him away and kill him.’ I spent two months hiding in one of those bunk beds until my mother died from typhus,” Meir said. “The other prisoners said they could not keep hiding me and suggested I show up for the prisoner roll call. So I did.”

Start your free trial to read the full story

Subscribe to Air Mail to access every article
and search our entire Arts Intel Report.

Already a subscriber? Sign in here.

Back to the issue