|The entrance to the Auschwitz concentration camp|
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Antoni Dobrowolski, the oldest known survivor of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, has died aged 108 in Debno, northwest Poland.
Mr Dobrowolski, a teacher, was arrested on June 6, 1942 in the southern Polish city of Radom for belonging to an underground teachers’ group that taught primary school students Polish history, in contravention of a Nazi ban.
He was sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau soon afterwards.
Mr Dobrowolski was later transferred to Gross-Rosen camp and finally to Sachsenhausen, where he was freed at the end of the war, in 1945.
“Auschwitz was worse than Dante’s hell,” he said in a video made when he was 103, the BBC reported.
After the war, Mr Dobrowolski continued teaching in Debno where he was headmaster of a local high school.
Also last week, Wilhelm Brasse, a Polish photographer who was arrested and sent to Auschwitz, died at the age of 95. He was put to work in the camp photographing his fellow prisoners for their identity photographs. Mr Brasse was sent to Auschwitz as a political prisoner for trying to escape from German-occupied Poland in the spring of 1940. GP
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