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„Drawn, but not broken”

The opportunity to talk with former prisoner is becoming increasingly rare. The more exciting of Friday afternoon was anreiste for the upper and some teachers of the St. Adelaide High School, as Janusz Mlynarski to tell his story. He survived five years as a prisoner in the Auschwitz concentration camp, „drawn, but not broken.”


Lecture in the auditorium: Moderator Martin Krieger and witness Janusz Mlynarski. Photo: Max Malsch

Had brought the now 90-year-old Janusz Marszalek, among other things, who was from 2002 to 2011 Mayor of Oswiecim (Auschwitz). Moderated the event of Martin Krieger, a history teacher at the school and was being accompanied a group of students in early October to Poland.

There, the students have donated 500 euros for the planned Peace Center in Oswiecim, which is funded by Mlynarski, and talked to the former concentration camp inmate. Then he went to Bonn, to tell a wider audience about his experiences.

He wanted to prepare the students for what ensued. Pictures of Cracow, where Mlynarski was arrested from the camp and the barracks at Auschwitz. With the pictures he wanted to make the cruelty and the extent of Nazi rule clearly.

In less than a half hour trying Mlynarski summarize what he ninth since his was arrested on May 1940 and its liberation from Auschwitz on 6 May the 1945th. He did not come because of its origin in a concentration camp, but because of his involvement in the Catholic Church.

The son of a German family, he slept with the name Janusz Mlynarski and Polish identity papers. As a Pole, he was an enemy of the Third Reich and was arrested. Touchingly he spoke of hunger, violence and suffering. Ultimately most of the fear of death, which was everywhere.

The visiting prisoners were shown to the crematorium chimney, and said. „That’s the only way to get out of here” His survival he has his healthy body that made him survive typhoid and typhus fever thanks to his survival instincts and good luck.

„For the young people need to experience something bad ever again,” said Marszalek, a Peace Mound Center in Oswiecim was built. Mlynarski and Marszalek sit down today in the board of the Peace Center for Peace and Reconciliation.

About Janusz Młynarski
Janusz Mlynarski on 21 Born in May 1922 as Johann Muller in Poznan, Poland. After his imprisonment in Auschwitz and its liberation in 1945, he studied medicine. Initially, he practiced as a senior physician in Poland, later in the Austrian Salzkammergut. In 1974, he came to Germany as Aussiedler. His statment.

Author: Edda Görnert / Pützchen.