Friday, January 27, 2012
1/27/2012 07:12:00 AM live news No comments
A spokesman for Auschwitz, Pawel Sawicki, said Smolen died Friday in a hospital in Oswiecim, the southern Polish town where Nazi Germany operated Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Sawicki said that Smolen's death was announced to Holocaust survivors who were gathering at the site to mark the anniversary of the camp's liberation. They fell silent for a minute in his honor.
Smolen was imprisoned in Auschwitz in April 1941. He attributed his survival to good health and extreme luck.
From 1955-1990 he was the director of the memorial museum, and continued to live in the town in recent years.