Tadeusz Sobolewicz was born in Poznań in 1923. He was a secondary-school pupil when the second world war broke out and, togehter with his mother and younger brother, he was forced to flee the city. Soon, like his fahter (a Polish army officer), he became an active member of the Polish underground resistance movement. The Gestapo arrested and interrogated him in Częstochowa in the early autumn of 1941. He spent almost the entire rest of the war in Auschwitz concentration camp and then in other lesser-known sites of Nazi-inspired hell: Buchenwald, Leipzig, Mülsen, Flossenbürg and Regensburg. After the war he became a theater-actor.
Sobolewicz is the author of the book 'But I Survived', which describes his life and experiences from the beginning of World War II until he regained his freedom at the end of the war.
When his book was first published, it was awarded the first prize at the Polish Auschwitz Recollections Competition organized by the State Museum of Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1985.
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