Oldest male Nazi concentration camp survivor dies aged 107

Publié le par The Telegraph - Chris Irvine

The Telegraphpublished 02/05/2013 at 03:27 PM BST by Chris Irvine

The oldest known male survivor of the Nazi concentration camps, whose life was documented in the book and film 'Unbroken Will', has died aged 107.

Leopold Engleitner the Nazi concentration camp survivor
Leopold Engleitner, a conscientious objector, was imprisoned in the Buchenwald, Niederhagen and Ravensbrueck camps between 1939 and 1943.

He refused to renounce his Jehovah's Witness faith to win his freedom but was eventually released, weighing just 62 pounds, on condition that he agree to spend the rest of his life working as a slave agricultural labourer.

He returned to work on a farm near his home town of Bad Ischl in Austria and was released from forced labour by US troops in 1946 after a period in hiding in the mountains to escape a call-up to the German army.

Engleitner carried on his missionary work after the war as well as working jobs, including a spell as a nightwatchman in a soap factory.

He became a public figure when Austrian author and film producer Bernhard Rammerstorfer published his biography and a documentary film about his life in 1999, which were translated into English in 2004.

 He went on speaking tours in Europe and the United States and talked to students about his experiences through his last years, attending the US premiere of a documentary film about his life in November 2012.

"It's very hard for me to announce the painful news of the passing away of my best friend," Mr Rammerstorfer wrote on his website.

The author said Engleitner had died peacefully in the company of Rammerstorfer's family on April 21.

The world's oldest concentration camp survivor is believed to be Alice Herz-Sommer, born in 1903.

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