Oldest Auschwitz Survivor Dies: 108-Year-Old Antoni Dobrowolski Arrested By Gestapo For Teaching Children

By Amir Khan on October 22, 2012 11:57 AM EDT

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The main entrance to Auchwitz (Photo: Creative Commons)

The oldest Auschwitz survivor, 108-year-old Antoni Dobrowolski, died on Sunday, according to a spokesman at the Auschwitz-Birkenau state museum. He was born in 1904, and spent 3 years in concentration camps after being arrested for teaching children.

Germany invaded Poland in 1939, and shortly after the invasion, banned any education past four years of elementary school to try to squash the Polish culture and the country's overall intelligence. The Germans considered Poland weak and inferior, and wanted to use Poles as a slave race.

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Despite the ban, an underground group continued to teach children, and anyone caught was immediately sent to a concentration camp. Dobrowolski was part of the underground group, and was arrested in 1942 and sent to Auschwitz.

After living in Auschwitz for an undisclosed amount of time, Dobrowolski was moved to Gross-Rosen and then Sachsenhausen, and was later liberated by the Allies in 1945.

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